Management & Organization

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. 

Audra Meade

Audra began the program in Fall 2016. Her research interests include studying innovation and entrepreneurship and examining their roles in firm and industry evolution. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Audra worked at Berkeley Research Group, an economic and litigation consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Counterintuitive Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap

On Women’s Equality Day last week at the White House, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, General Motors and other big U.S. companies signed an “Equal Pay Pledge” to close the gender pay gap for their employees. But methods of measuring success include many unintended consequences. The most efficient approach, based on the current standard of "equal pay for equal work," is sometimes counterintuitive, new Smith School research shows. Read more...

Welcome to the 'People's Code' of the United States

A recent White House memorandum to heads of federal departments and agencies calls for at least 20 percent of their software projects to be accessible to the public without any additional payment to the developer through the “open sourcing” of their work. Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman says the new policy might cause problems for government contractors worried about protecting their intellectual property. Read more...

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