Management & Organization

Adjunct Faculty

The following adjunct faculty members teach in the Management & Organization department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Christine Beckman

Professor Beckman research has been published in such academic journals as Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization ScienceAcademy of Management JournalAmerican Sociological Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. She currently serves as the elected Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management and is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal.

Smith Undergrad Program Ranked #18 By U.S. News

College Park, Md. – September 10, 2013 – The undergraduate business program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business jumped to No. 18 in the nation in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” published today. The Smith School placed 8th among public universities and again ranked highly in a number of business specialty categories. Smith’s Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management/Logistics programs are listed among the nation’s top 10, and a total of seven areas are listed among the nation’s top 25.

CEO@Smith: Chet Burrell, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

At the helm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for nearly six years, Chet Burrell finds himself poised at the forefront of health care reform in the U.S. The intersection of health care and business has never been more important, which is why you should join Burrell for this year’s first CEO@Smith presentation.

Hear first-hand from the mid-Atlantic region’s leading health benefit services provider, then get answers to your own questions during the later Q&A segment.

Dinner will be provided. Business attire is suggested.

September 17, 2013 - 5:30pm

Speaker Series

Fall 2014 Speaker Series

September 26, 2014 Jennifer Berdahl, Sauder School of Business (University of British Columbia)
October, 17, 2014 Aparna Joshi, University of Illinois (School of Labor and Employment Relations)
November 7, 2014 Michael Morris, Columbia University (Psychology Department)

Past Events

Ken G. Smith

Ken G. Smith is professor emeritus and formerly held the Dean’s Chair in Strategic Management, Smith School of Business.  He is well known for his research in the areas of competition, competitive advantage, and strategic decision-making. Many of his articles have been published in leading scholarly journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship (SM&E)

The field of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship (SM&E) deals with the creation, growth, transformation and performance of firms and industries, and investigates the effectiveness of various attributes and actions of an organization and its top management teams in order to gain competitive advantage and achieve organizational goals. Example topics of (SM&E) study include competitive advantage, industry evolution, technological change, product ecosystems, boundaries of the firms, contracting theory, transaction cost economics, mergers, acquisitions, alliances. The behavioral area within SM&E focuses on reputation, status, organizational identity whereas the sociological area focuses on networks, population ecology and status. The Entrepreneurship area of the program looks at creation of new firms, employee mobility, the role of venture capitalists, and entrepreneurship within firms.

SM&E Curriculum

Major Specification (18 credits)

Students are required to take nine substantive courses in various SM&E content areas, such as Organizational Theory, Sociological Foundations of Strategy, Boundary of the Firm, Firm Sustainability, Behavioral Strategy and Asymmetric Information and Decision Making, Industrial Organization Economics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SM&E foundations or other topics offered based on faculty expertise. 

Students are also required to attend and participate in the Students Presentations Series (SPS) and Career and Professionalization Seminar Series (CAPSS) sessions each semester during the program – as these sessions will focus on developing critical research and career-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes. 

Minor Specification (12 credits)

Students may choose a set of courses for their minor that significantly enhances their ability to make scientific contributions to their major field and that will improve their placement prospects. These courses could be from within the M&O department, other departments within Smith, or outside of Smith. This option can often encompass a selection of courses both inside and outside the department. For example, many students in SM&E take one or more courses in the Economics Department, but other options, such as information technology, OB/HR, sociology, are also possible.

Research Methodology (Research Tools) Requirement (15 credits)

Students are required to take the following research methods courses: 

  1. A general research foundation course that covers basic method topics relevant for business research.
  2. Two econometrics courses covering basics of statistical theory, various models of regressions like linear, non-parametric, censured models, structural models etc. 
  3. Three short courses of advanced methods topics such as endogeneity, factor analysis and structural equation modeling, mediated and moderated regression, social network analysis, multilevel modeling, and other advanced topics offered by the M&O department.
  4. Additional courses for remaining credits can be taken either within the M&O department or from relevant offerings outside Smith.

Summary of Typical SM&E Curriculum


Student Status: PhD Student





Year 1

Core ClassesMethod Classes

Core ClassesMethod Classes

Complete First YearResearch Paper

Year 2

Core ClassesMethod ClassesMinor Classes

Core ClassesMethod ClassesMinor Classes

Comprehensive ExamComplete Second YearResearch Paper

Student Status: PhD Candidate





Year 3

Method Cases (If Needed)Elective Cases (If Needed)

Method Cases (If Needed)Elective Cases (If Needed)


Year 4

Dissertation Proposal

Year 5



Academic Requirements

Requirements for advancement from “Ph.D. student” status (years 1-2) to “Ph.D. candidate” status (years 3-5) 

  1. Completion of, and satisfactory grades in, all Curriculum requirements 
  2. A completed First Year Research Paper 
  3. A passing grade on the Comprehensive Exam 
  4. A completed Second Year Research Paper

First Year Research Paper Requirement

The intent of the first year paper is to develop student skills in writing the theoretical framework of a paper. The paper may be based on course research papers or be based on a different original idea.

Comprehensive Examination 

Students must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their 2nd year to proceed in the program. This exam will cover all core material covered during the two first years.

Second Year Research Paper Requirement

Ideally, a second year research paper project will involve the student from the inception of the project. This is because students are likely to learn the most and have the best prospects for a publication in a top journal if they join a project at its inception so that they can participate in all phases, including conceptualization, design, data collection, analysis, and write-up. It may be best to think of the project as similar to a master’s thesis in terms of the scope and quality of the project.



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