Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Rajshree’s research interests focus on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution. Her recent projects examine the micro-foundations of macro phenomena, linking knowledge diffusion among firms, industries, and regions to the underlying mechanisms of employee entrepreneurship and mobility.

Is Your MBA Dangerous?

Madonna isn’t the only one upset this week about an unauthorized biopic. Harvard Business School did what it could to thwart a new book by journalist Duff McDonald, but "The Golden Passport" hit store shelves anyway on Tuesday. McDonald lays out a case for business school malpractice that implicates other institutions. Smith MBA students responded Wednesday with an hour of self-reflection. Read more...

Women on Boards: Avoiding Tokenism

Could the activism inspired by International Women's Day, such as State Street Global Advisors' placing a statue of a young girl before the iconic charging bull of Wall Street, actually hamper the push to gain more women on U.S. corporate boards? Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal supports the goal of having gender equality on corporate boards, but says getting there may require some care. Agarwal was among the experts who took part in a panel discussion this week: "Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: How Do We Get There?" Read more...

Fearless Idea 1: Retain Your Talent

Aspiring entrepreneurs want more than a bigger paycheck when they quit their corporate jobs and strike out on their own. New research from Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal shows that, more than anything, spinout founders want two things: Creative freedom and equity — a sense of fairness for contributions made. These are the “pull” factors that motivate spinout founders. But “push” factors also exist, and the research shows that these are more likely to trigger an exit. Read more...

The Greatest Canceled Show on Earth

Clowns are creepy and dancing elephants upset PETA, so maybe the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had no chance. After producing the greatest show on earth for 146 years, the three-ring spectacle announced Saturday that it will close forever in May. The news does not surprise Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal, who includes the Ringling Brothers case in her executive MBA course. She says several factors have worked against Ringling Brothers for years. Read more...

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