Management & Organization

Debra Shapiro Named Clarice Smith Professor of Management & Organization

Debra L. Shapiro, PhD, a renowned scholar in organizational behavior, has been appointed Clarice Smith Professor of Management and Organization. Her research generally focuses on the various ways to effectively manage conflict or disputes in organizations, including perceptions of organizational injustice, misunderstandings and frustrations that are inevitable in internationally-diverse and crossfunctional teams, and resistance to organizational change in general or the transition to self-managing workteams in particular.

Smith's Studer-Ellis Receives Top Terp Award

The Smith School's Erich Studer-Ellis, Tyser Teaching Fellow of Management Science and Statistics, received a TIAA-CREF Top Terp Award at the Terps' Boston College basketball game in December 2005. Studer-Ellis was nominated by one of his students for the award, which recognizes someone in education for their outstanding performance. The award included tickets to the game and an on-court presentation of the game ball signed by Coach Gary Williams.

Organizational Change Conference Educates Local Leaders

Managing change in an increasingly dynamic and turbulent global marketplace environment can differentiate organizations that are ultimately successful from those that are not. About 75 executives left the Smith School′s Center for Human Capital, Innovation and Technology′s Leading Change at All Levels of the Organization conference with innovative new ideas and visions for their organizations.

Smith School Study Shows Timing Key Factor in Technology Adoption

New research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests there might be a right and a wrong time to introduce a new technology to guarantee the best reception. A study of a program that provided Nextel BlackBerry 7510 wireless handheld devices to all of the schools full-time MBA students found notable differences between first- and second-year MBA students use and acceptance of their handheld devices, with the first-year students expressing significantly higher levels of acceptance and commitment.

Freshmen Present Plans to Corporate Sponsors at 7th Annual Strategy Board Competition

View photo slide show of the teams.

Showcasing their business savvy for more than a dozen high-powered companies, 74 freshman College Park Scholars (CPS) students studied and made strategic recommendations for real-world companies. Each team illustrated its recommended strategy on a display board, which was evaluated by a team of judges, including a representative from the company.

New Book by Smith Professors Offers Guidance on How to Avoid The Winners Curse

A new book released this month offers guidance on how firms can avoid the kind of corporate victories that end up as disasters, harming shareholders and placing the firms future in jeopardy. Beware the Winners Curse: Victories That Can Sink You and Your Company (Oxford University Press, 2004) expands the model of the Winners Curse to explain how companies like Tyco, MCI-WorldCom and Lucent overpaid for acquisitions, and how shareholders suffered as

Senator Paul Sarbanes Talks Ethics with Graduating MBA Students

The Smith School's thought leaders, under the helm of Stephen Loeb, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, just wrapped up their annual MBA experiential ethics course with a field trip to prison to meet inmates convicted of white-collar crimes. On Friday, May 7, just days after the prison visits, almost two hundred second-year MBA students listened even more intently as Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland) spoke about business ethics, corporate governance, and the progress made since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

FDIC Chairman Powell Inspires Smith Students

On Wednesday, April 28, the Smith School proudly welcomed Donald E. Powell, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), to deliver an address to its business students.

Chairman Powell's speech, "Leadership, Ethics, and the Free Market," captivated the audience of Smith undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral finance students. Powell defined leadership with five common threads: a sense of purpose, good relationships, self-discipline, competitiveness, and passion.

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