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May 30, 2018
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business proudly presents its 15th annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, as recommended by faculty members. The 2018 edition covers everything from blind spots in statistics to the power of habit. Smith School professor Nicole M. Coomber recommends “How to Have a Good Day,” by Caroline Webb. “In this book Webb walks you through a number of science-based techniques to have better days at work,” Coomber says.

Jun 14, 2017
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the 14th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders for 2017, as recommended by faculty members.

Jun 12, 2017
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Americans are known to be good at many things. Vacationing isn't one of them. Year after year, workplace surveys reveal that millions of American workers failed to take their allotted vacation days. And increasingly, the overriding reason is fear. In 2016, 54 percent of Americans ended the year with unused vacation days, according to a survey from the U.S. Travel Association's Project Time Off. The Smith School's J...

May 09, 2017
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Jessie Sweet’s career so far at candy giant Mars Inc. has been, well, pretty sweet. A project manager at Mars Inc. in the Mars Symbioscience division and a Smith Alum (2014), Sweet was the honored guest at the third Innovation Lunch and Learn for MBA students facilitated by the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change.

Apr 26, 2017
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The global proportion of women among the planet's billionaires is still shy of 3 percent. That's a slim minority, but the proportion has tripled in the past decade. And as Forbes recently documented, 56 of these women are self-made billionaires. While the percentage remains small, the growth hints at a certain "golden era for female entrepreneurs," Smith School professor J. Gerald Suarez says....

Apr 12, 2017
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Google’s mea culpa for ads appearing alongside extremist videos on YouTube has culminated in promises from the tech giant, including a measure to block ads from channels with fewer than 10,000 views and a new system in which third-party firms will verify ad quality standards. Is Google doing enough to reassure YouTube advertisers? One approach to assessing the effectiveness of a corporate apology is to view it against the...

Apr 06, 2017
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What does it mean when a pioneer of the telecommuting workforce begins to curb its work-from-home practices? For IBM, it means a massive culture shift, say experts from Smith School of Business. And while the tech giant might be hoping it results in a surge in innovation, it also might spark a surge of resignations. IBM is ending work-from-home policies for thousands of marketing employees, many of whom had never commuted to an office...

Apr 05, 2017
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On February 6, 2017, the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change (CLIC) hosted a lunch and learn for MBA students featuring Caroline Cooksey, VP of Data and Research Operations at CCMI focused on managing and leading innovation.

Mar 17, 2017
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Those annual employee performance reviews can be pretty stressful. But what if instead of being a once-a-year thing with just your boss, they were every day, with everyone you work with? JPMorgan Chase & Co. is revamping the way it evaluates its 240,000 employees, deploying a mobile app that will let colleagues across the organization send and receive instant feedback about each other any time. Executives say the...

Mar 04, 2017
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In the global economy, team leadership is often not as simple as gathering employees into the conference room to talk over a project or plan the next set of goals. The team is likely to span time zones and continents, presenting particular challenges for leaders. Recent research from Smith School professor Kathryn M. Bartol finds that the influence of leadership is moderated and strengthened by the...

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