Nicole Coomber

Nicole M. Coomber

Nicole Coomber is on the faculty in the Management & Organization area at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Female Entrepreneurs from Latin America Visit the Smith School

A delegation of female business leaders from Latin America visited the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on July 13, 2017, as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) initiative in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The visit to the Smith School was organized by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) in Baltimore, Md.

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...

Vive la France: The Case for Ignoring After-Work Emails

Go ahead. Ignore your email. If you reflexively check your work email before you’re even out of bed in the morning, and just before you close your eyes to sleep, and at nonstop intervals in between, this story is for you. In France, workers are being given the “right to disconnect” outside of working hours, thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1. The French government has said that the intervention was a necessary step to protect the health and wellbeing of the country’s workers. Experts from the Smith School say the move makes sense. Read more...

Nicole M. Coomber

Nicole Coomber is on the faculty in the Management & Organization area at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Coomber completed her PhD in Education Policy and Leadership in May of 2012 at the University of Maryland’s College of Education. Her research interests include leadership, team dynamics, and experiential learning. Dr. Coomber teaches a variety of courses including Managing People and Organizations, Leadership in Action, Non-Profit Consulting, and Cross-Cultural Challenges in Business.

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