Viva Bartkus


Contact Information

vbartkus_150x150 Viva Bartkus
Associate Professor
357 Mendoza College of Business




D Phil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

M Phil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

BA, Yale University

MA, Yale University

Research interests

Problem Solving

Business on the Frontlines

Social Captial

Select publications

"The Impact of Business in Post-War Reconstruction," The Quality of Peace, University of Notre Dame Press (December 2011)

"Secession," International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Sage Publications

Social Capital: Reaching In and Reaching Out (with James H. Davis), Edward Elgar

"International Business Dynamics," (with James H. Davis), Business and Society



Viva Bartkus is an associate professor of management at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with master's and bachelor's degrees in economics, and she completed her doctorate and master's in international relations at Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship. Her current research and teaching interests concentrate on two areas: the leadership aproaches most effective in solving complex business problems and the social capital of communities that enables collaboration.

Bartkus' published works include The Dynamics of Secession (1999), which investigates nationalism and self-determination. In Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgment in Business (2008), Bartkus and co-author Edward Conlon contend that successful business leadership depends on values-based problem-solving habitsof mind.

Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Bartkus spent ten years in consulting at McKinsey & Co., with the last four years as a partner.