Management & Organization

Why Snapchat’s OMG IPO Is Raising Eyebrows

When Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman thinks about Snap Inc. going public, the image that springs to mind is a queue of airplanes, waiting for takeoff, with the parent of the popular Snapchat photo app first on the tarmac. It's because Snap is the first in a line of so-called unicorns – privately held tech companies with an estimated valuation of $1 billion or more – that are expected to launch an initial public offering. And this one, he says, has him feeling a bit wary about them all. Read more...

Mischief or Monotony? Why Employees Break Rules

A new study finds that employees whose tasks are organized in a routine and repetitive way are more likely to break rules to make their workday simpler. But there's good news. The researchers found that shaking up the order in which employees perform tasks – even without changing the tasks themselves – can prevent rule-breaking. "What was surprising, but also encouraging, for me was that such a very subtle manipulation in the field and in the lab could create such an effect," says Smith School assistant professor Rellie Derfler-Rozin. Read more...

Seojin Kim

Seojin's research interests include technology innovation and industrial evolution. Her current work investigates how the public-private partnership shapes innovation and firm strategies in emerging industries.

Five University of Maryland Student Startups to Compete in Pitch Dingman Competition

Each year, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Pitch Dingman Competition, an opportunity for University of Maryland student entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses shark tank style to an expert panel of judges to compete for a total of $30,000 in seed funding. Pitch Dingman applications open at the beginning of the academic year, with a short quarterfinals phase in late September. A vetting process from alumni entrepreneur judges leads to a selection of 10 semifinalists. The Pitch Dingman Semifinals on Nov. 17 received a record turnout of students to watch the 10 teams whittled down to five finalists. The final round of competition is set for March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of UMD’s Stamp Student Union.

Can the TPP Be Salvaged Without the U.S.?

President Trump signed an executive order this week to formally walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, in what looked like the final chapter for the 12-nation trade deal. Without the U.S., it seemed, the deal would collapse. But leaders of some of the 11 remaining nations now say they hope to carry on with the deal. Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says the big question is whether the pact's smaller nations will stick with it once access to the important U.S. market is no longer part of the bargain. Read more...

Our Man In Davos: 4 Takeaways from the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum in Davos, SwitzerlandSeveral world leaders opted out of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. Xi Jinping didn't. He became China's first leader to speak at the gathering that's designed to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. Also participating: Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta. He contributed to a "future of retail" panel and watched Xi present China "as a defender of globalization and global trade in a not-so-veiled dig at a Donald Trump-led U.S., a post-Brexit U.K., and amid rising questions in France, Italy and other parts of the European Union about free trade and the free movement of people." Gupta, in an interview with Smith Brain Trust, offers insight from the ground in Davos. Read more...

Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Two Smith Alumni

Forbes 30 Under 30 has selected two rising stars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for its newest class, announced on Jan. 3, 2017. Hungry Harvest cofounder and “Shark Tank” dealmaker Evan Lutz, a 2014 Smith School graduate, appears on the social entrepreneurs list, and Starwood Capital Group vice president Akshay Goyal, a 2010 Smith School graduate, made the cut in the finance category.

Vive la France: The Case for Ignoring After-Work Emails

Go ahead. Ignore your email. If you reflexively check your work email before you’re even out of bed in the morning, and just before you close your eyes to sleep, and at nonstop intervals in between, this story is for you. In France, workers are being given the “right to disconnect” outside of working hours, thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1. The French government has said that the intervention was a necessary step to protect the health and wellbeing of the country’s workers. Experts from the Smith School say the move makes sense. Read more...

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