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Management

Time for a Plastic Revolution?

Images of vast islands of garbage in the oceans and recent revelations that much of the world's recycling isn't being recycled at all have some experts wondering whether society might be heading for a revolution in plastics and packaging.

Jun 20, 2018
The Best (and Worst) Ways To Sign an Email

Experts from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business expose the best and worst ways to close a professional email.

Jun 12, 2018
Summertime, But Dressing Isn’t Easy

Standing in front of the closet figuring out what to wear in the morning doesn't get any easier just because it's summer. If anything, it's harder.

Jun 06, 2018
Your Business School Summer Reading List

The Smith School 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 science of having a good day at the office.

May 30, 2018
Walmart’s Big Month on the World Stage

We are watching a new and very different global Walmart take shape, the Smith School's Anil K. Gupta writes. Recent moves in the U.K., India and Brazil are "bold and brilliant," he says.

May 14, 2018
Summer Blockbuster Season Starts Early

Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't just shattering box-office records. It's shattering the industry's notion of a summer blockbuster season, the Smith School's David M. Waguespack says.

May 02, 2018
Mentoring in a #MeToo Era

Addressing #MeToo requires more women leaders; the backlash to #MeToo could create the opposite. Smith School experts offer advice for would-be mentors in the changed environment.

Apr 04, 2018
A Sputnik Moment for U.S., China

The Soviet Union rattled the United States and triggered a Space Race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik. Back on Earth in 2018, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta sees a different kind of race emerging. "Whether we like it or not, the U.S. and China are in a technology race," he says.

Mar 28, 2018
Build Social Networks That Inspire

Our connections influence how innovative we are at work. Smith School professor Vijaya Venkataramani says the network of your "alters" — the people you turn to for problem-solving advice — can also help you become more creative.

Mar 25, 2018
Reassess Organizational (In)Justice

Smith School professor Debra L. Shapiro and her co-authors argue for the need to reassess the instrument that is dominantly used to assess employees' perception of organizational justice.

Mar 23, 2018

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