Management & Organization

Congrats to New Smith Alumni!

On Dec. 21, 2016, over 800 students graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with PhD, MS, MBA, and BS degrees. The commencement ceremony was held at the Xfinity Center on the university’s College Park campus.

You can watch the entire ceremony online.

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

C-Suite Vacancies Are Coming; Can Millennials Fill Them?

How well could your organization handle a surprise vacancy in the C-suite? Perhaps not very well at all. A recent global survey from the ManpowerGroup found that 87 percent of organizations "have not identified future leaders to fill critical roles." Why? It's partly because Millennials largely are not interested in working in conventional management structures, says the multinational HR consulting firm. But Smith School professor J. Gerald Suarez suggests the situation is not so critical. Read more...

Toy Craze in an Egg: Why the Hatchimal Is Hot

www.hatchimals.comWhy do we want the things we can't have? In the toy market, especially in the holiday season, it's sometimes because demand just takes off like a flying reindeer, surprising Santa, and toy makers and everyone in between. We're referring, of course, to the Hatchimal, the small, furry, motorized creature that pecks its way out of its colorful plastic egg and sings "Happy Birthday." Store shelves and online retail sites have been widely cleared of the little coveted creatures, leaving parents scrambling. Read more...

The Economist Ranks Smith Faculty No. 1 in World

Professors at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business placed No. 1 in the world for "faculty quality" in The Economist's 2016 full-time MBA rankings, marking the third consecutive year atop the category. Prior to the current run, the school finished No. 2 for faculty quality in 2013. Overall, the Smith School finished No. 47 globally and No. 32 in the United States in the latest rankings, released Oct. 13.

Ralph Anthony Gibbs

Anthony Gibbs began the program in Fall 2016. His research interests include competitive dynamics, strategic human capital, corporate financial strategy, and game theory. Anthony has more than 16 years of industry experience, with a background in pharmaceuticals and U.S. federal government contracting. 

LEGO Sales Slip, But Toymaker Has a Plan

LEGO sales growth fell in the first-half of 2016. But the toymaker says it initiated the slowdown to expand its plant capacity and workforce in time to compete for holiday shoppers with Mattel, which LEGO recently surpassed in global sales. Smith School professor Oliver Schlake says one reason for LEGO's success has been the company's ability to connect with diverse audiences who do not outgrow the "toy." Read more...


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