Smith Brain Trust


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
Avoid Oversharing at Work

Self-disclosure in the workplace is becoming more popular and commonplace. But research by the Smith School's Jennifer Carson Marr indicates that sharing personal information is not always in an employee’s best interest. 

Mar 17, 2018
Find Your Team Voice

Team performance improves when individuals speak up. But the type of progress made depends on what colleagues choose to emphasize when they find their collective voice. New research by Smith School professor Hui Liao suggests two possibilities.

Mar 16, 2018
Fix Pay Gaps to Boost R&D

Companies that want to boldly go into new knowledge domains should start by looking inward at compensation design. A working paper co-authored by Smith School professor Waverly W. Ding shows that large pay gaps among research and development professionals at the same job level within an organization can stifle exploratory innovation — the kind that leads to U.S. patent filings.

Mar 10, 2018
Create Ethical Hiring Processes

Hiring managers invite harsh moral judgments when they give jobs to friends and acquaintances referred by high-powered individuals within their organizations, new research from Smith School professor Rellie Derfler-Rozin and two co-authors shows.

Mar 09, 2018