Management & Organization


M&O strategy researchers are interested in the roles and problems of general managers and those who manage multi-business firms or multi-functional business units. Major areas of research and teaching include: strategy decision making, resource allocation, value chain configuration,; strategic control and reward systems; innovation; technology; diversification and portfolio strategies; competitive dynamics; dynamic capabilities; value creation strategies; competitive strategy; cooperative strategy; management of the global enterprise; creation and mobilization of knowledge; managing intangible assets; and the composition and processes of top management teams and decision makers.

Current research in the department is split between corporate strategy, which focuses on industry selection; business strategy, which is targeted at how firms should compete within industries; and firm organization, which looks at how the organization and management of firms affects their ability to compete within and across markets. Across these domains, faculty explore cognitions and decisions of CEOs and other top level managers, governance issues related to strategy and organizational structure, strategy formulation and implementation in the global context, and the dynamics of managing strategy and firm resources in complex changing environments.

The strategy 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 strategy and the entire organization. Our courses in strategic management help students and managers improve their understanding of strategy and the total performance of firms. Our courses combine state of the art scholarship on strategy with a careful attention to the real behavior of firms.

M&O Strategy faculty are leaders in the field regularly publishing in the best journals and sitting on the editorial boards of elite journals. The strategy faculty are very proud to contribute to the Smith's Schools mission of becoming the top Business school in the country. The Strategy faculty are widely sought for their expertise on a broad range of business issues and Smith students always rank the strategy faculty as one the best teachers in the School

Our curriculum helps students understand the role of the general manager and more specifically to think about and comprehend the strategic direction of large complex organizations. Our electives include focus on strategy formulation, strategy implementation, managing strategy in the global context, and understanding industries and competitive dynamics.

Strategy faculty are actively involved in doctoral student education. For example, they regular publish and research with their doctoral students. Former doctoral students are now active research faculty at Berkeley, Cornell, Instituto de Empressa (Spain), Kentucky, Minnesota, Virginia, and other universities around the world.

Henry P. Sims Jr.

Dr. Henry (Hank) Sims is Professor Emeritus of Management & Organization, and former Director, Ph.D. Program, at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. He recently served as Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He was the founding Academic Director of the Human Resources Management Program at Penn State University. Previously with The Pennsylvania State University; Indiana University; University of California, Irvine; Stanford University, and George Mason University. Dr.

Dr. Edwin A. Locke

Primary Research Areas

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resources Management

Selected Publications

Locke, E. A. (1991) The motivation sequence, the motivation hub and the motivation core.Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 50, 288-299.

Judge, T. A. & Locke, E.A. (1993) Effect of dysfunctional thought processes on subjective well-being and job satisfaction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 475-490.

Rudolph Lamone

Rudy Lamone is Professor Emeritus of Management Science and former Dean of the Smith School. He is founder of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Primary Research Areas

  • Technology growth strategy
  • Management team development

Honors and Awards

  • President's Medal, University of Maryland, 1998
  • National Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award (Baltimore), 1996

Consulting Work

Martin J. Gannon

Honors and Awards

  • International Landmark Award, University of Maryland at College Park. 2002
  • Have been profiled in several publications, such as Who's Who in Management Science, Contemporary Authors, etc. 1980-present
  • Semester Research Award, General Research Board, University of Maryland. 1995
  • John F. Kennedy Foundation/Fulbright Professor, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. 1988
  • Elected Fellow, Eastern Academy of Management. 1988

Stephen J. Carroll

Primary Research Areas

  • Organizational Behavior

Honors and Awards

Elected Fellow, Academy of Management, 1978

Designated Distinguished Scholar/Teacher, University of Maryland, 1979

First Recipient, Outstanding Faculty Award, College Alumni Chapter, 1979

Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1984; Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1990

Recipient Fulbright Research Professorship to Japan 1992-1993

Consulting Work

David M. Waguespack

Dr. David M. Waguespack is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Dr. Waguespack received his PhD in Political Science, focusing on environmental politics and science and technology policy. Prior to arriving at Maryland he was a project manager at the University of California Los Angeles, and an adjunct political science professor at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Waguespack 's research focuses on non-market influences, such as social networks and political institutions, on innovation and venture performance.

Vijaya Venkataramani

Vijaya Venkataramani is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Professor Venkataramani’s research focuses on how informal social relationships and social networks at work influence leadership, creativity, and discretionary employee behaviors in organizations (behaviors that are not stipulated as part of the job, but that still are important for organizational well-being).


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