College Park, Md. – The announced resignations of Pope Benedict XVI and Small Business Administration Head Karen Mills have drawn reaction from experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
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Opportunities, Pitfalls for Benedict’s Successor
Gilad Chen, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Department Chair:
“Leaders play major roles in corporate, religious and political organizations. They are particularly critical in setting and executing the vision and direction of an organization, but also in helping to shape and clarify to organizational insiders and outsiders the core meaning of what the organization is all about, and how it can and should handle opportunities and threats in its external environment.
“As such, the sudden resignation announcement by Pope Benedict this (Monday) morning will no doubt have significant impact worldwide, and especially on the Catholic world. Succeeding the Pope will likely be particularly challenging to the Catholic Church, in light of the major crises experienced by the Church in the past decade, and given other major social and political changes worldwide.
The ideal successor will be one that would enable the Catholic Church to adapt effectively to current and future crises as well as capitalize on possible opportunities inherent in social and political changes. Such successor should, at the same time, create a renewed sense of meaning and hope throughout the Catholic world and other social, religious and political constituents who look up to the Catholic Church for moral, social and spiritual guidance.”
Obama Administration to Refocus on Small Business in Wake of Mills’ Departure
Cliff Rossi, Tyser Teaching Fellow (finance) and Executive-in-Residence:
"The departure of Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, will bring focus back onto the agency and the Obama Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to streamline tax policy, incentivize hiring and otherwise establish policies that will improve the economic fortunes of a major contributor to long-term economic growth in this country."