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Robert Bruner

Dean of the Darden School of Buiness, University of Virginia

Bob Bruner is the eighth dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He teaches and conducts research in finance and management.  Before his appointment as dean in August 2005, Bruner served as the founding executive director of Darden's Batten Institute, which focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. There, he expanded Darden's Business Incubator.

As a financial economist, Bruner is best known for his research on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and financial panics. His books include "Deals from Hell," "Applied Mergers and Acquisitions" and "The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm," with Sean D. Carr, which attracted wide attention for its discussion of the underpinnings of financial crises.

Crises are fundamentally psychological phenomena, they’re not driven by rational decision-making necessarily, they are driven by fear and somewhat driven by greed.
Robert Bruner: This third wave that I am witnessing is stemming out of computing power and digital communication technology combined with globalization, liberalization of trade and big demographic shifts, immigration and the like.