Management & Organization

Smith Business Close-Up: Shared Leadership in Teams

How do you build teams that are highly adaptive and best draw upon the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members in ways that achieve superior performance? Recent research turns traditional notions of leadership on its head.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Professor Paul Tesluk shares how your organization can gain competitive advantage by cultivating shared leadership in your teams.

Curt Grimm, 2010 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, On the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Competitive Behavior

Curt Grimm, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy, described coaching his young son’s softball team to a rapt audience in Frank Auditorium. Grimm knew that only two of the children could reliably catch the ball. So he put those boys at first and second base, and then instructed their teammates to only throw the ball to first and second. It proved to be a winning strategy, because his son’s team took the championship that year. Grimm asked his audience to assess his competitive strategy: was it good, bad or ugly?

Smith Business Close-Up: Nonprofits and Resource Allocation

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, 7:30 a.m.; Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, 4:30 a.m.

Nonprofits and 
Resource Allocation


The charitable has definitely felt the effects of the financial crisis and continued recession, experiencing decreases in giving for the first time in decades. With tighter budgets to work with, nonprofit organizations need to more strategic that ever when allocating funds.

Smith Business Close-Up: Negotiation Tactics

Thursday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 18, 7:30 a.m.; Monday, July 19, 4:30 a.m.

Negotiation Tactics


With a wave of newly minted graduates joining the work force in a very tight job market, those hunting for a new position or jockeying to advance in their current organization may think they have no room for negotiation. But in the Washington-Baltimore region, you may have more bargaining chips than you realized.

Smith School Prof. Curt Grimm Named Top Scholar, Teacher by University of Maryland

College Park, Md. – March 12, 2010 – Curt Grimm, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, was named a 2010-2011 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland. Grimm is one of five faculty members recognized campus-wide in the prestigious program, which honors tenured faculty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments as educators and notable achievements in their respective fields. Each scholar will present a lecture during the school year, and the award carries an honorarium to support professional activities.

Smith Business Close-Up: Toyota: On the Road to Recovery?

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 14, 2010, 7:30 a.m.; Monday, March 15, 2010, 4:30 a.m.

Toyota: On the 
Road to Recovery?


Toyota, the automaker once revered for safety, has been reeling after recalling more than 8 million vehicles for mechanical issues that could pose safety threats. With congressional hearing, public apologies, and a roller coaster market response, can Toyota recover or will it be lapped by its competitors?

New Research Finds Bias in Hollywood’s Parental Guidance Ratings for Movies

College Park, Md. – March 1, 2010 – New research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and Yale University School of Management finds films from well-known producers and directors receive more lenient parental guidance ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America than those produced by independent distributors or unknown producers and directors, an advantage that can lead to wider distribution and higher revenues at the box office.

Smith Business Close-Up: Bias in the Hollywood Ratings Game

Thurs, Feb. 25, 2010, 7:30 p.m.    Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, 7:30 a.m.    Monday, March 1, 2010, 4:30 a.m. 

Bias in the Hollywood Ratings Game


It’s Hollywood awards season. With the glow just wearing off from the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards quickly approaching, the year’s top films are vying for top honors. Aside from how well they do in the awards, how well films do at the box office depends in part on what parental guidance rating they carry.


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