Management & Organization

Our Man In Davos: 4 Takeaways from the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum in Davos, SwitzerlandSeveral world leaders opted out of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. Xi Jinping didn't. He became China's first leader to speak at the gathering that's designed to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. Also participating: Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta. He contributed to a "future of retail" panel and watched Xi present China "as a defender of globalization and global trade in a not-so-veiled dig at a Donald Trump-led U.S., a post-Brexit U.K., and amid rising questions in France, Italy and other parts of the European Union about free trade and the free movement of people." Gupta, in an interview with Smith Brain Trust, offers insight from the ground in Davos. Read more...

Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Two Smith Alumni

Forbes 30 Under 30 has selected two rising stars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for its newest class, announced on Jan. 3, 2017. Hungry Harvest cofounder and “Shark Tank” dealmaker Evan Lutz, a 2014 Smith School graduate, appears on the social entrepreneurs list, and Starwood Capital Group vice president Akshay Goyal, a 2010 Smith School graduate, made the cut in the finance category.

Vive la France: The Case for Ignoring After-Work Emails

Go ahead. Ignore your email. If you reflexively check your work email before you’re even out of bed in the morning, and just before you close your eyes to sleep, and at nonstop intervals in between, this story is for you. In France, workers are being given the “right to disconnect” outside of working hours, thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1. The French government has said that the intervention was a necessary step to protect the health and wellbeing of the country’s workers. Experts from the Smith School say the move makes sense. Read more...

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

C-Suite Vacancies Are Coming; Can Millennials Fill Them?

How well could your organization handle a surprise vacancy in the C-suite? Perhaps not very well at all. A recent global survey from the ManpowerGroup found that 87 percent of organizations "have not identified future leaders to fill critical roles." Why? It's partly because Millennials largely are not interested in working in conventional management structures, says the multinational HR consulting firm. But Smith School professor J. Gerald Suarez suggests the situation is not so critical. Read more...

Toy Craze in an Egg: Why the Hatchimal Is Hot

www.hatchimals.comWhy do we want the things we can't have? In the toy market, especially in the holiday season, it's sometimes because demand just takes off like a flying reindeer, surprising Santa, and toy makers and everyone in between. We're referring, of course, to the Hatchimal, the small, furry, motorized creature that pecks its way out of its colorful plastic egg and sings "Happy Birthday." Store shelves and online retail sites have been widely cleared of the little coveted creatures, leaving parents scrambling. Read more...

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