Need To Delegate At Work? Pick the Popular People

New research finds that employees with more friends at work will be better at getting things done and asking for help when they need it.

When a Telecommuting Pioneer Calls Its Workers to the Office

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – 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 the University of Maryland's Robert H. 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.

Fearless Idea 4: Work Across Time Zones

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — 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.

10 Business Books for your Summer Reading

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the "13th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders" for 2016, as recommended by members of its faculty and administrators.

Entry-Level Managers in OT Pay Crosshairs

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — 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.

When Stretch Assignments Backfire

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Congratulations, you just got a stretch assignment! This means your boss trusts you and sees leadership potential. But beware. New research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows potential pitfalls. The same assignment that can inspire engagement and critical thinking also can trigger self-doubt and anxiety.

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 University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows potential pitfalls. The same assignment that can inspire engagement and critical thinking also can trigger self-doubt and anxiety.

Featured Researchers

Kathryn M. Bartol, Robert H. Smith Professor of Management and Organization, received her PhD from Michigan State University. She is the past dean of the fellows of the Academy of Management, as well as a past president of the Academy of Management. Her research focuses on knowledge sharing; networks and influence; leadership and empowerment; virtual teams and vital work relationships; information technology and organizations; and rewards, retention, and creativity.

Four Things We Miss When Working Remotely

Companies can be as productive remotely as they are in the office. But they need to strategize how to replicate the four things that teams miss most.

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