Management & Organization

Evan Starr

Evan Starr is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Denison University. He originally hails from Claremont, California. Starr's current research examines issues at the intersection of human capital accumulation, employee mobility, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Serguey Braguinsky

Serguey Braguinsky is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Department of Economics, a Research Associate at the NBER Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program, and an Affiliated Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.

GM Bets on Lyft

American car companies sold more vehicles in 2015 than ever before, with sales boosted by low gas prices and a recovering economy — a remarkable turnaround from the recession years. But at the same time, GM is placing a bet on the industry's next phase: It has announced an investment of $500 million in Lyft, the No. 2 car-hailing service (after Uber). This is the first time a car company has directly invested in either Lyft or Uber, both of which foresee moving away from matching private drivers with riders to letting people summon driverless cars with an app. Read more ...

Diversity in Business

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Joyce Russell to talk about the innovations in education and her new role leading the charge at the Smith School.

For U.S. Companies, China Poses New Challenges (and Opportunities)

With double-digit annual GDP growth and the world's largest population, China until recently looked like the long-term answer for U.S. companies seeking never-ending growth. With its slowdown and concurrent stock-market turmoil, China is posing fresh challenges, says Anil K. Gupta, the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Growing uncertainty in China, moreover, may lead some companies to move more aggressively into India, whose economic strides were overshadowed by the Chinese growth machine — until recently. Read more...

Millennials Associate Public Service with 'Stagnant Institutions'

The proportion of federal employees under age 30 has shrunk from 9.1 percent in 2010 to 6.6 percent in 2014. How can the hiring trend shift? Smith School professor Gerald Suarez tells the Baltimore Sun that while NASA and intelligence agencies appeal to Millennials, they’re turned off by bureaucracy and stagnant institutions. Read more...

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