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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 09, 2017
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GM headquarters, Detroit.It was never an easy marriage. Now General Motors and its European operations are officially calling it quits, laying bare their incompatibilities and the difficulties of bridging the consumer divide. GM will sell its Opel and Vauxhall brands to Peugeot maker PSA Group in a $2.33 billion deal that will make PSA Group the second-largest automaker in Europe, behind only Volkswagen. The German Opel and...

Mar 09, 2017
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Could the activism inspired by International Women's Day, such as State Street Global Advisors' placing a statue of a young girl before the iconic charging bull of Wall Street, actually hamper the push to gain more women on U.S. corporate boards? Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal supports the goal of having gender equality on corporate boards, but says getting there may require some care. Agarwal was...

Feb 24, 2017
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Can Volkswagen’s recently announced $2 billion spending plan on zero emission and electric vehicles be a tipping point for the U.S. electric car economy? No, says Smith School management professor David A. Kirsch. “It’s a little bit wishful thinking,” he tells Marketplace radio. “This is an incremental advance in the long-term process.” Here's what it might mean. Read more...

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Feb 22, 2017
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How close are the Fortune 500 companies to achieving gender equality on their corporate boards? They've got a long way to go, baby. The boardrooms of the Fortune 500 companies, which represent two-thirds of U.S. GDP, continue to be overwhelmingly male, with women holding only 20 percent of all board seats, according to a new report. Scholars tend to blame the gap on some combination of two factors: Workplace biases or individual...

Feb 08, 2017
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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...

Feb 06, 2017
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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...

Jan 31, 2017
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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...

Jan 25, 2017
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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...

Jan 19, 2017
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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...

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