Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal
<p>Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. She&nbsp;studies the evolution of industries, firms and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise. Agarwal's&nbsp;scholarship uses an interdisciplinary lens to provide insights on strategic innovation for new venture creation and for firm renewal. She routinely publishes in leading journals in strategy and entrepreneurship. An author of more than 60 studies, her research has been cited more than 10,000 times, received numerous best paper awards, and funded by grants from various foundations, including the Kauffman Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She is currently the co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal and has previously served in co-editor and senior editor roles at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Organization Science respectively.</p>

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...

Under President Trump: Six Questions on the Economy

The question of who will be the 45th U.S. president has been answered with the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump. Now many are asking what U.S. economic policy will look like under his administration. Smith School experts will explore some of the larger economic questions facing the new administration at a pair of events next week in Washington, D.C. Here is a snapshot of some of the big issues they will discuss. Read more...

Campus Censorship Author to Speak at UMD’s Smith School

Is freedom of speech under threat on college campuses? Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), will discuss safe spaces, trigger warnings and outrage culture in higher education during the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership. The free event, “Assault in the Ivory Tower on the Market for Ideas,” will start at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in Frank Auditorium at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

We Are Smith: Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, knows that being an entrepreneur isn’t just about starting a new company. The founding director of the Ed Snider Center, she looks at enterprise in a holistic way, inspiring the next generation to be creative and critical thinkers.

Dystopian Fiction Feeds Business Lessons

Dystopian fiction has taken off among young adult readers, and Hollywood has responded with film versions of “The Giver,” “Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and “Maze Runner.” High school English teachers will draw upon the same genre this fall to spark conversations on enterprise and markets, using lesson plans developed July 26-29 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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