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Mar 23, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

"Twitter has a brain-drain problem, which it's fighting it by issuing stock and stock options to employees it wants to retain. Such payments come on top of the stock those employees already own, which has underperformed expectations. The expense represented by that compensation may or not be worth it, but we can all agree it's an expense, right? Actually, no. For accounting purposes, Twitter, like most tech companies, does not consider stock

Mar 22, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

Conventional wisdom in strategy holds that companies need to choose between cost-cutting or revenue growth. Pursuing both strategies at the same time can result in incoherence — or getting stuck in the middle. But that conventional wisdom is challenged by a new study from the Smith School, which suggests that firms can pursue dual-focus or "ambidextrous" IT strategies successfully.

Mar 21, 2016
Experiential / Reality-based Learning

Women earn a majority of college degrees at many levels in the United States, but not in business schools. To support business- and career-minded women, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is staging a Women’s Week series of speakers and activities geared to professional growth, Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1 in Van Munching Hall (VMH) on UMD’s College Park campus.

Mar 18, 2016

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Mar 17, 2016

Remember the Avon Lady? Back when neighbors still talked to each other face to face, she waited until the men went to work and then came calling with cosmetics and perfumes. That business model doesn’t work so well in 2016 — at least in the United States. But Smith School marketing professor P.K. Kannan says direct marketing companies are finding more success in emerging markets abroad. He lists at least five reasons for the shift.

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