Time and time again business leaders go in front of the press to discuss a controversial issue and end up making a bad situation even worse. Even some of the world’s most savvy businesspeople are subject to the occasional press conference gaffe or unfortunate media statement. On February 21, 2014, MBA students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business got the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of those corporate executives on the hot seat trying to navigate the rocky waters of a mid-crisis press conference in this year’
From February 7-9, numerous chapters from the nation’s largest professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, gathered in Philadelphia, Pa., for the organization’s annual Principled Business Leadership Institute. The weekend offers students a chance to develop valuable business skills and network with chapters from all over the country, culminating in a case competition featuring students from the schools in attendance.
What I do: Vice president of finance and strategy for Pixar Animation Studios. Is responsible for accounting functions; financial scheduling and resource planning for the films; oversight of Renderman, Pixar’s software subsidiary; and finance and operations for an ancillary studio in Vancouver that produces short films. Provides guidance on long-term strategy, such as where to make technology investments, how many projects to have in development and how projects are staffed.
S. Raghu Raghavan, a Smith professor of management science and operations management, has developed a framework for companies to track and incorporate social media influence into product innovation – resulting in better products that more effectively meet the needs of consumers.
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Healthday News reports on recent data showing Americans increasingly are using online physician reviews and asks “whether it’s a good thing” that people “are choosing their doctor the same way they settle on a car or TV.”