Waverly Ding

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Waverly Ding is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Ding earned her MBA and Ph.D. in business from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Smith School faculty, she was an assistant professor at Haas School of Business, the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Ding's research focuses on high-tech entrepreneurship and strategy, knowledge transfer between universities and industrial firms, and the U.S. biotech industry. She has also conducted research relating to labor force in science and technology. Her work has been published in Science, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, Journal of Industrial Economics, and Research Policy.

Why It Makes Sense that the New 'Doctor Who' Is a Woman

BBCThe BBC's "Doctor Who" series has long embraced the idea of change. It's been written into the script for years, with the timelord protagonist's biological ability for regeneration and new incarnations. Now the series is preparing for what is perhaps its most striking transformation. For the first time in the British sci-fi series' 54-year history, the Doctor will be portrayed by a woman. Experts at the Smith School share their views on the series and its 13th time-traveling alien. Read more...

Fearless Idea 9: Put Women on the Board

Corporate gender gaps have narrowed in recent years, but men continue to dominate high-level positions. Scholars tend to blame the gap on some combination of two factors: Workplace biases or individual choices of women, who may prioritize family above career. Smith School professor Waverly Ding and two co-authors consider both theories but find strong evidence for only one in a study published in the Academy of Management Journal. Read more...

Why Are Corporate Boardrooms Still Overwhelmingly Male?

How close are the Fortune 500 companies to achieving gender equality on their corporate boards? They've got a long way to go, baby. The boardrooms of the Fortune 500 companies, which represent two-thirds of U.S. GDP, continue to be overwhelmingly male, with women holding only 20 percent of all board seats, according to a new report. Scholars tend to blame the gap on some combination of two factors: Workplace biases or individual choices of women, who may prioritize family above career. Smith School professor Waverly Ding and her co-authors recently studied both theories, but found strong evidence for only one. Read more...

Debating Workplace Culture, at Amazon and Elsewhere

Can you have a high-powered job and also a rewarding life outside work? Do ambitious companies have any incentive to make this happen? And are market forces sufficient to make sure that workers with families or sick relatives are treated fairly by managers? These were among the questions raised during a recent lunchtime debate featuring Smith School professors Rajshree Agarwal, Christine Beckman and Waverly Ding. Read more...

Waverly Ding

Waverly Ding is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Ding earned her MBA and Ph.D. in business from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Smith School faculty, she was an assistant professor at Haas School of Business, the University of California at Berkeley.

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