Management & Organization

Perfect the Business, Not the Business Plan

Broadcast Dates: Feb. 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, 2009, 7:30 a.m.; Feb. 9, 2009, 4:30 a.m.


Big news for entrepreneurs: Don’t waste your time on a business plan.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Upwith the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dr. Brent Goldfarbtalks about his new research that finds the way a business plan is written has no bearing on whether a company receives funding.

Insight from Hugh Courtney and Cristian Dezso Featured by McKinsey & Company

mith School faculty are doing more than leading the way with their research, they are also making an impact on corporate best practices. Case in point -- business intelligence and quotes from Smith faculty were recently highlighted in publications from McKinsey & Company, a leading source of business management consulting services and insight.

Smith Professor's New Book Details the "Road Rules" for Navigating Life

Andrew J. Sherman has been an adjunct professor of business management, strategy and planning at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business for over 20 years now. Sherman has been a keynote speaker on business growth topics in over 35 countries at thousands of conferences around the globe. Whether a professor, speaker, advisor or a senior partner in Jones Day in Washington, D.C., he has spent his entire career helping companies grow. 

Executive Conference on Leading Organizational Change: Speakers Say Focus on People to Affect Change

The months after terrorists used planes to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 marked a low point for the nation’s airlines industry. Most suffered deep losses in profits and had to lay off large numbers of employees. But Southwest Airlines rose above the rest, without reducing its workforce or cutting pay. The company’s success lies in its organizational culture, said former CEO James Parker, in his keynote talk for the daylong Executive Conference on Leading Organizational Change.

Strategy in These Uncertain Times

With a turbulent economy, the volatile financial industry, escalating energy prices, and a presidential election in the balance, uncertainty looms large. How do you formulate strategy when you don’t know what will happen next? In the midst of a changing economy, most executives continue to use a strategy toolkit designed for yesterday’s more stable marketplace. As a result, strategies emerge that neither manage the risks nor take advantage of the opportunities that arise in highly uncertain times.

Robert H. Smith School of Business’s Mark Wellman Recognized as 2008 Outstanding Faculty Educator

College Park, Md. – October 10, 2008 – University of Maryland students and their parents selected Mark Wellman, Tyser Teaching Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, with the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Educator Award. The award is presented each year by the Maryland Parents Association to honor a faculty member who demonstrates a deep commitment to providing an exemplary education experience for students.


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