Management & Organization

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. "Scarcity – whether it is manufactured scarcity or genuine scarcity – makes people go nuts for an item," Smith School professor Rebecca Ratner explains. Read ,more

The Economist Ranks Smith Faculty No. 1 in World

Professors at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business placed No. 1 in the world for "faculty quality" in The Economist's 2016 full-time MBA rankings, marking the third consecutive year atop the category. Prior to the current run, the school finished No. 2 for faculty quality in 2013. Overall, the Smith School finished No. 47 globally and No. 32 in the United States in the latest rankings, released Oct. 13.

Ralph Anthony Gibbs

Anthony Gibbs began the program in Fall 2016. His research interests include competitive dynamics, strategic human capital, corporate financial strategy, and game theory. Anthony has more than 16 years of industry experience, with a background in pharmaceuticals and U.S. federal government contracting. 

LEGO Sales Slip, But Toymaker Has a Plan

LEGO sales growth fell in the first-half of 2016. But the toymaker says it initiated the slowdown to expand its plant capacity and workforce in time to compete for holiday shoppers with Mattel, which LEGO recently surpassed in global sales. Smith School professor Oliver Schlake says one reason for LEGO's success has been the company's ability to connect with diverse audiences who do not outgrow the "toy." Read more...

We Are Smith: Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, knows that being an entrepreneur isn’t just about starting a new company. The founding director of the Ed Snider Center, she looks at enterprise in a holistic way, inspiring the next generation to be creative and critical thinkers.

Rujiao (Helene) Cao

Rujiao (Helene) began the program in Fall 2016. Her primary research interests are in team process, team diversity, and social network theory. Specifically, she explores themes such as voice behavior within teams, team effectiveness in diversified cultural structure. 


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