Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, delivered the keynote speech at the Strategic Management Society Conference on Strategic Human Capital. The conference took place in March 2017 in Milan, Italy.
“There were more than 300 people in attendance, representing the foremost scholars in strategic human capital,” Agarwal said. “I enjoyed their engagement with the ideas in the keynote, and the questions and comments in response to my thoughts.”
Agarwal presented “Embracing Aspirations and (Cap)abilities in Strategic Human Capital,” which addressed the literature on human capital and suggested directions for future research. The keynote discussed the multi-faceted issues raised by the notion of strategic human capital, ranging from capabilities and motivation to opportunities and incentives, and how they affect performance at both the individual and organizational level.
“There was a very positive reception to the keynote,” Agarwal said. “As the editor of the Strategic Management Journal, who was present, noted to me, ‘Rajshree, we always have very high expectations of you, and you never fail to deliver.’”
Agarwal also serves as director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the Smith School. Her research interests focus on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution.