Management & Organization

Research Highlights

J. Robert Baum, Associate Professor, is co-editor/author of the book The Psychology of Entrepreneurship (Erlbaum, 2006). This is the first book written about the psychology of entrepreneurs. It includes 60 research questions to guide industrial organizational psychology researchers, organization behavior researchers, and entrepreneurship researchers. It seeks to answer questions such as, "how and why do some people, but not others, recognize opportunities, decide to start new ventures, and organize successful, rapidly growing companies."

Ken G. Smith, Dean's Chaired Professor of Strategy, is co-author of Strategy as Action: Competitive Dynamics and Competitive Advantage (Oxford Press, 2005). Smith has been studying the successes and failures of corporations for more than 20 years, and recommends that firms not only move faster, but engage in a continual evaluation of their actions, in effect developing a strategy as they go by seeing which actions bring about the best results.

Anil K. Gupta, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, is co-author of The Quest for Global Dominance (Jossey-Bass, 2001), a comprehensive guide for executives leading organizations in today's highly competitive, global marketplace.

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Ken G. Smith, Dean's Chaired Professor of Strategy, is co-author of Great Minds in Management Theory (Oxford Press, 2005). He and Michael A. Hitt have brought together some of the most influential and original thinkers in management. Their contributions to this volume not only outline their landmark contributions to management theory, but also reflect on the process of theory development, presenting their own personal accounts of the gestation of these theories.

David Kirsch, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, is directing a research project that collects dot-com business-planning documents and interviews participants in the Internet boom and bust. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the overarching goal of the project is to understand how people learn from failure.  [ www.businessplanarchive.org ]

The Smith School established the Center for Human Capital, Innovation, and Technology (HCIT) in 2001 to explore the interface of human capital, innovation, and technology, and how these resources can be managed to create and sustain organizational competitive advantage.

Visit the Social Sciences Research Network for the latest working papers from Smith School faculty members.

PhD

The management and organization department offers two PhD majors. One in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management, which deals with the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations, and investigates the enhancement of the effectiveness of an organization’s human capital in order to gain competitive advantage and achieve organizational goals.

The second is in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, which deals with the performance of firms and the various factors affecting it. The program takes a multi-facet perspective towards research in this area with economics, sociology and management all playing a collaborative role.

Why pursue a PhD from the M&O department at the Smith School of Business?

Learning to do original, rigorous and interesting research

At the M&O department, we strive to impart in our students the passion for doing highly original and interesting research. All our coursework and research assistantships are geared toward developing the skills needed to do careful, insightful and interesting research. Our rigorous training is evident in our students’ many awards and top-tier journal publications and in our graduates’ placement in top academic institutions.

A Supportive Culture

The culture within the M&O PhD program fosters both a quest for excellence and collegiality-- students receive extensive support and advice from faculty and senior students towards the development of a research identity. From their first semester in the program students are encouraged to present their research ideas in our weekly Student Presentation Series (SPS), a safe yet challenging setting that prepares them for the rigor of academic career and develops their research and presentation skills. These weekly presentations are made in front of other students and faculty, not only providing students with constructive feedback about their research ideas and presentation skills, but also prepares them to become better consumers and evaluators of research. Our Ph.D. students also receive valuable socialization into academia insights from fellow students and faculty through our regular Career and Professionalization Seminar Series (CAPSS). This sessions, include among other subjects topics such as: the publication and review process, building a research identity, academic collaboration and more.

Opportunity to work with world-class faculty

The faculty of the M&O department is one the most scholarly prolific and productive in the field. Many faculty members are the recipients of multiple awards and serve in high level officer positions at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society, as well as associate editors and editorial board members in major top-tier journals (including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science and more). More importantly, faculty members are actively involved in the PhD program: students work closely with faculty on research assistantships that often lead to joint publications in the top journals of our field. Students’ research assistantships assignments rotate over the program (students work with at least two faculty members per semester and these assignments change with advancement in the program) which allows flexibility and exposure to multiple researchers, research subjects and approaches to science. Students end up with honed interests and are able to develop working relationship with faculty based on personal and professional fit. Students also get excellent opportunities to interact with leading faculty in other schools who routinely visit us as part of our External Speaker Series and Cross Disciplinary Seminar Series every semester. 

To apply, please visit the PhD Program website.

MBA

The Management & Organization Department offers a variety of core and elective courses in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, and Strategy.

Visit the course electives page for specific details.

News & Events

There is always something going on at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business! With dozens of events each week in College Park and around the world, they say that the sun never sets on the Smith School.

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Gilad Chen appointed Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology
Gilad Chen, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and M&O Department Chair, has been recently appointed as next Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology. After serving as Associate Editor for the journal for 6 years, Gilad will assume a 6-year term as Editor beginning January 1, 2014. With its broad mission of integrating between psychological and organizational phenomena, the Journal of Applied Psychology is a leading journal in the academic fields of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Management. It is also one of the most successful and influential journals published by the American Psychological Association. Under his editorship, the Journal of Applied Psychology will mark its first Centennial (the first issue was published in 1917).

Anil Gupta, CCTV, Interview re “The Falling Indian Rupee,” 30 July, 2013

Anil Gupta, quoted in The Washington Post, "A large entrepreneurial corporation?," 14 July, 2013

Anil Gupta, Fox TV, Interview re “China’s Investments in the US and the Shuanghui-Smithfield Deal,” 31 May, 2013

Anil Gupta, CCTV, Interview re “China India Economic Relations,” 20 May, 2013

Hui Liao is Winner of 2012 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award
M&O Professor Hui Liao was named the 2012 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award. This award is given annual by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements of an early- to mid-career scholar. This is one of the highest professional recognitions for mid-career scholars in the Organizational Behavior field. Professor Liao has also won similar awards from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division (the 2010 “Scholarly Achievement Award”) and from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (the 2009 “Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award”).

Research

Our faculty members are attuned to a marketplace that values innovation, entrepreneurialism, analytical thinking and hard work. Their teaching and research equip our students with the wisdom of business scholarship rooted in the experiential lessons of the marketplace.

Find out more about the latest research by browsing current working papers online at  Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Social Sciences Research Network

Faculty

The M&O department at the Robert H. Smith School of Business consists of more than 30 core faculty including tenure-track, visiting and teaching professors. The group's interests and responsibilities span micro and macro areas of Management, and include: strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and human resources.

M&O faculty are proud of the department's strong track record in research, teaching and service. As a group, we are particularly interested in and excited by topics such as leadership, teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship, intangible assets, management of uncertainty and social networks. Research and intellectual capital rankings have consistently placed the M&O department among the very top worldwide.

Some other indicators of the strength and scholarly reputation of M&O faculty include:

  • Several elected Fellows of the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Strategic Management Society;

  • Several elected officers in leading professional societies, including two Past Presidents & Current President-Elect of the Academy of Management;

  • Multiple University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, a campus-wide recognition;

  • Multiple editorships and editorial board memberships on leading and highly prestigious academic journals;

  • Numerous best paper awards from prestigious journals and academies.

Management & Organization

Welcome to the Management & Organization (M&O) Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The M&O Department offers courses and programs leading to PhD degrees. In addition, the M&O Department plays a significant role in providing management and organization courses with the Smith School’s MBA program.

Preparing Next-Generation Managers

The Management & Organization (M&O) department at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, consists of over 30 core faculty including tenure-track, visiting, and teaching professors. The group's interests and responsibilities span micro and macro areas of Management, and include: strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and human resources.

M&O faculty are proud of the department's very strong track record in research, teaching, and service. As a group, we are particularly interested in and excited by topics such as leadership, teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship, intangible assets, management of uncertainty, and social networks. Research and intellectual capital rankings have consistently placed the M&O department among the very top worldwide.

Some other indicators of the strength and scholarly reputation of M&O faculty include:

  1. Several elected Fellows of the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Strategic Management Society
  2. Several elected officers in leading professional societies, including two Past Presidents & Current President-Elect of the Academy of Management
  3. Multiple University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, a campus-wide recognition
  4. Multiple editorships and editorial board memberships on leading and highly prestigious academic journals
  5. Numerous best paper awards from prestigious journals and academies

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