Rajshree Agarwal

Dystopian Fiction Feeds Business Lessons

Dystopian fiction has taken off among young adult readers, and Hollywood has responded with film versions of “The Giver,” “Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and “Maze Runner.” High school English teachers will draw upon the same genre this fall to spark conversations on enterprise and markets, using lesson plans developed July 26-29 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The Softer Side of an Emerging ‘GMO Monster’

Bayer has announced plans for a $62 billion buyout of Monsanto, and critics did not wait long before blasting the proposed megadeal. MarketWatch calls it bad news for anyone who grows or eats food. CNN sees a “nightmare for America.” And CBS News warns of a “GMO Monster." Smith School PhD Mahka Moeen wrote her dissertation on the industry and offers a historical perspective that might calm some of the fears. Read more...

Audio: Building Teams to Withstand Adversity

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has a guarantee for young professionals starting their careers. “Whatever you think, whatever you imagine, I can assure you one thing: It won’t be that,” he said Wednesday during a NewDay USA Enterprise and Leadership Forum at the University of Maryland. Harbaugh said winning teams and individuals must prepare for adversity, which hit the Ravens hard in 2015. “The thing that we held onto was our principles,” he said. Read more...

UMD to Host Baltimore Ravens Coach and Navy Rear Admiral to Discuss Teamwork

University of Maryland students, faculty and the public will hear the secrets of leading a team to success from NFL Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Rear Adm. Thomas Lynch (retired), commander of the Navy Battle Group in Operation Desert Shield and executive chairman of NewDay USA. The talk will be hosted by the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. at Ritchie Coliseum on the university’s College Park campus.

What is the State of Entrepreneurship in America?

Despite long-term declines in business creation and slow growth, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of entrepreneurship in the United States. This message, delivered by Kauffman President and CEO Wendy Guillies in the State of Entrepreneurship Address, summarizes key findings in a publication released yesterday called The New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda.

Ed Snider Celebrates Enterprise at BB&T Event

Philadelphia Flyers founder and Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider ’55 performed double duty on Sept. 29, 2015, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. First he helped celebrate the opening of new offices for the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Then he shared the foundational values for his business at the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics, and Leadership.

Debating Workplace Culture, at Amazon and Elsewhere

Can you have a high-powered job and also a rewarding life outside work? Do ambitious companies have any incentive to make this happen? And are market forces sufficient to make sure that workers with families or sick relatives are treated fairly by managers? These were among the questions raised during a recent lunchtime debate featuring Smith School professors Rajshree Agarwal, Christine Beckman and Waverly Ding. Read more...

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