Kathryn M. Bartol

Dr. Kathryn M. Bartol is the Robert H. Smith Professor of Leadership and Innovation and Chair of the Management and Organization Department at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is the co-director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC). She holds an Executive Coach Certification from the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program.

When a Telecommuting Pioneer Calls Its Workers to the Office

What does it mean when a pioneer of the telecommuting workforce begins to curb its work-from-home practices? For IBM, it means a massive culture shift, say experts from Smith School of Business. And while the tech giant might be hoping it results in a surge in innovation, it also might spark a surge of resignations. IBM is ending work-from-home policies for thousands of marketing employees, many of whom had never commuted to an office. It was the latest co-location push for the company, following similar mandates affecting design, security and I.T. employees, among others. Big Blue, as IBM is known, had been at the forefront of the telecommuting movement since the 1980s, adopting it for its own teams and building the technology to enable it. Read more...

Fearless Idea 4: Work Across Time Zones

In the global economy, team leadership is often not as simple as gathering employees into the conference room to talk over a project or plan the next set of goals. The team is likely to span time zones and continents, presenting particular challenges for leaders. Recent research from Smith School professor Kathryn M. Bartol finds that the influence of leadership is moderated and strengthened by the degree to which the team is geographically dispersed. Read more...

Entry-Level Managers in OT Pay Crosshairs

Potentially 4.2 million workers are newly eligible for overtime pay when the U.S. Labor Department’s revised rules for the matter take effect Dec. 1, 2016. The White House says the $23,660-to-$47,476 salary threshold rise for overtime pay reinforces the 40-hour workweek as “a pillar of economic security for working families.” But Smith School economist Peter Morici says the rules could backfire for entry-level managers. Read more...

When Stretch Assignments Backfire

Congratulations, you just got a stretch assignment! This means your boss trusts you and sees leadership potential. But beware. New research from the Smith School shows potential pitfalls. The same assignment that can inspire engagement and critical thinking also can trigger self-doubt and anxiety. Co-authors Myeong-Gu Seo and Kathryn M. Bartol say some people cope well, while others crumble under the pressure and even make plans to leave the organization. The difference often depends on a person's level of emotional intelligence. Read more...

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