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 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. Researchers also found films from directors with a history of producing “R”-rated features consistently receive more restrictive ratings.

University of Maryland President Appoints Business School Associate Dean Gerald Suarez to Professor of the Practice

College Park, Md. – Nov. 23, 2009 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced that university President C.D. Mote has appointed J. Gerald Suarez, associate dean of external strategy, to Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking and Design.

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