Management & Organization

Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.  Rajshree’s research interests focus on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution. Her recent projects examine the micro-foundations of macro phenomena, linking knowledge diffusion among firms, industries, and regions to the underlying mechanisms of employee entrepreneurship and mobility.


Recent Graduates:

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Candidates Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management Candidates
Shweta Gaonkar '14, Johns Hopkins University Beth Campbell '14, University of Minnesota
Seth Carnahan '13, University of Michigan Brady Firth '14, University of Iowa
Mahka Moeen '13, University of South Carolina Joo Hun Han '14, Rutgers University
Qiang Li '13, HKUST Yuntao Dong '13, University of Connecticut
Vivian Guo ’12, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Deborah W Searcy '13, Florida Atlantic University
Daniel Malter ‘12, Harvard University Yonjeong Paik '13, Seoul National University
Anastasiya Zavyalova ‘12, Rice University Crystal Farh ‘12, Michigan State University
Byungchae Jin ’11, Simon Frasier University Payal Sharma ’11, Rutgers University
Lei Zhang ’11, University of South Florida Sheetal Singh ’11, George Washington University
Scott Livengood ’10, University of Florida Sharon Hill ’08, George Washington University
David Major ’09, Indiana University Katherine DeCelles ’07, University of Toronto
  Xiaomeng Zhang ’07, American University
  Jay Carson ‘06, Southern Methodist University

Select Alumni of M&O:

  • Azi Gera, SM&E, Drexel University
  • Qing Cao, SM&E, University of Connecticut
  • Michael Pfarrer, SM&E, University of Georgia
  • Jay Carson, OB/HR, Southern Methodist University
  • Lisa Dragoni, OB/HR, Cornell University
  • Pino Audia, OB/HR, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University
  • Manuel Becerra, SM&E, IE Business School
  • Ming-Jer Chen, SM&E, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Chris Collins, OB/HR, Cornell University
  • Barry Goldman, OB/HR, University of Arizona
  • Amy Kristof-Brown, OB/HR, University of Iowa
  • Kyle Lewis, OB/HR, University of Texas-Austin
  • Quinetta Roberson, OB/HR, Villanova University
  • Harry Sapienza, SM&E, University of Minnesota
  • Riki Takeuchi, OB/HR, HKUST
  • Carl Zeithaml, SM&E, Dean, McIntire School of Business, University of Virginia

Course Electives

Read about graduate-level courses offered for students in the Management & Organization Department.

BUMO 660/732: The Real Entrepreneurship Competition

BUMO 712: Leadership Development 

“BUMO 712 was definitely a huge help for me. I keep my notes handy and often refer to my personality assessments for insights. In fact, I would say this course definitely contributed to my garnering a major promotion last fall where I now run our professional services division and report directly to our CEO!”

Silas M., MBA 2007, DC campus

BUMO 725: Networks and Influence 

“The networking, leadership, and ability to relate well to others that you learn in BUMO 725 are relevant to virtually any career. The course heightened my self-awareness and my understanding of my surroundings. I became a different person after completing this course and only regret that I did not take it earlier in my life!”

David S., MBA 2006, Shady Grove campus

BUMO 751: Implementing Strategy: Organizing to Compete 

“BUMO 751 would really help any MBA because the implementation side of strategy is important for any manager to know. Learning how to implement strategy in this class definitely helped me in my interviews and gave me a great foundation for my new career as a strategy consultant.”

Jon D., MBA 2010, College Park campus 

BUMO 752: Strategic Growth For Emerging Companies 

“I highly recommend BUMO 752 for MBA students who specifically plan to learn building companies from ground-up, protecting intellectual property, venturing into commercialization of technology coming out of University research and doing business with government agencies.”

Bhalachandra B., MBA 2009, DC campus

“BUMO 752 provided me with a great perspective on entrepreneurship and the reality of business in general. This is a great class for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, venture capital, or anyone who just wants an understanding of what it is like to start or grow a business.”

Abheshek N., MBA 2010, DC campus

BUSI 771: New Venture Financing 

“Anyone who thinks they will be starting a business or working in any capacity at a startup or a small business needs to take BUSI 771. It is another great tool for the entrepreneurial toolbox.”

Scott W., MBA 2010, DC campus

Human Resource Management

M&O professors in Human Resources (HRM) study the effective management of human resources for the dual purposes of creating value for the employing organization and enhancing the motivation, performance and job satisfaction of individual employees and employee groups. HR faculty are well known for their research on reward systems, retention, gender issues, and information technology (IT) implications for organizations, procedural justice at work and employee-organization exchange relationship, organizational staffing, and the relationships between human resource management practices, employee attitudes, and firm performance.

Their papers have been published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and other top tier academic journals. They have served on the editorial boards of virtually all top tier academic journals and have been repeatedly elected to high level professional offices such as Chair of the HR Division, National Academy of Management, Member of the Board of Governors, National Academy of Management and President of the National Academy of Management. Several HR faculty are elected Fellows of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Management and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Professors actively collaborate with Ph.D. students, and these productive relationships have resulted in result in a variety of innovative working papers, award winning conference presentations, and publications in major journals. Graduates have accepted positions at the University of Arizona, Cornell University, Notre Dame University, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University, as well as a number of other schools.

Human Resource Management majors are available only at the graduate level. Courses cover recruitment and selection, performance management, human resource planning, employee development, career development, labor relations, compensation administration, quality of work life, workforce diversity, and strategic human resource management. Employment relationships are analyzed at the individual, group, organizational, societal, and cross-cultural levels of analysis. The focus of this curriculum is on pinpointing ways of enhancing the positive effects of HR practices on the motivation, performance and satisfaction of individual employees and employee groups while also creating value for the organization in return for ongoing investment in its most important resource, its employees.

Organizational Behavior

M&O Organizational Behavior researchers are interested studying the human side of organizations and consider issues that integrate organization, group/team, and individual levels. Research in organizational behavior is interdisciplinary in nature, as it draws on contributions from sociology, psychology, communications, industrial organization economics, political science, anthropology, and decision theory. Major areas of research and teaching include: leadership; work motivation; decision making; team processes, dynamics and performance; organizational culture and climate; innovation and creativity, job and work design; work attitudes; career development; knowledge management and information sharing in organizations; negotiations; conflict management; global and cross-cultural management; organizational change; and organizational justice and fairness.

The organizational behavior faculty is composed of a group of very active researchers, scholars and teachers. We contribute to the training of students and managers who seek to learn about the behavioral and management issues that have important implications for organizations and the people in them. Our curriculum helps students understand how to effectively manage the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations and incorporates the latest in both theory and practice.

M&O Organizational Behavior faculty consistently publish their research in the best journals in the field, hold senior positions in our professional associations, and are on the editorial boards of top-rated management journals. Our faculty are consistently recognized as among the best teachers in the Business School and are widely sought for their expertise on a broad range of organizational behavior issues.

The Organizational Behavior area has a strong and vibrant Ph.D. program that prepares its students to take positions as research faculty in the world's best universities. Our recent graduates have gone on to positions at universities such as Cornell, University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt, among others, and have continued our long tradition of excellence in research and teaching in organizational behavior.


The mission of the entrepreneurship faculty is to research entrepreneurial activity in all of its many forms, and to use the knowledge gained from that research to teach people to become better entrepreneurs. We focus our research and teaching on understanding the identification, evaluation, and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities by both new and established companies. To achieve our goals, we employ research faculty drawn from a variety of different academic disciplines that have chosen to focus their research attention on entrepreneurship, and former and current entrepreneurs and investors who use their personal experience to provide detailed knowledge of the phenomenon.

Competitions always provide a stimulating way to learn about the business world. The University of Maryland sponsors two student-based business plan competitions. One of these, the University of Maryland Business Plan Competition, is the largest in the Greater Washington area, and is open to all University of Maryland students and recent alumni, and may include faculty and outside advisers. The Undergraduate Business Plan Competition is limited to Maryland undergraduates only. No faculty or outside advisers are permitted.

There are several campus programs to help and encourage budding entrepreneurs. The Mentoring Program is open to all students. The program utilizes a mentoring program database that contains contact and expertise data for volunteer mentors. In the Hinman CEO's Program, participants live with like-minded students from a variety of academic disciplines and learn the skills to help them start a company once they graduate. (Students use state-of-the-art technology and work with experts while they build their idea.)

Organizations and Centers round out the education of those beginning a career in entrepreneurship. There are two student clubs that offer stimulating programs, career-related speakers, and tours and outreach events. The Collegiate Entrepreneurship Network is the undergraduate club and eClub: Maryland Entrepreneurs Club is the graduate club. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to facilitating, supporting, and encouraging new enterprise growth. It is one of the oldest original entrepreneur centers in the country and has established itself as a national catalyst for entrepreneurship in the twenty-first century.

Download the Entrepreneurship Brochure.


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