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VW's Electric Vehicle Plan Is a Step, Not a Panacea

Fri, 2017-02-24 08:03

<p><img src="https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/files/auto-vw-vw-bus-vehicle-163711.jpeg" width="200" height="100" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" />Can Volkswagen’s recently announced $2 billion spending plan on zero emission and electric vehicles be a tipping point for the U.S. electric car economy? No, says Smith School management professor <strong>David A. Kirsch</strong>. “It’s a little bit wishful thinking,” he tells Marketplace radio. “This is an incremental advance in the long-term process.” Here's what it might mean. <a href "/node/18636">Read more...</a></p>

Smith Flips Spring Recruiting with Reverse Career Fair

Thu, 2017-02-23 15:29

This year the Office of Career Services and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business decided to turn the tables on students and recruiters as part of the spring Undergraduate Career Fair. For the first time, Smith held the Reverse Career Fair student leadership networking event the evening of Feb. 9, allowing employers the opportunity to stroll through a room of student leaders from 25 student organizations.

Why Are Corporate Boardrooms Still Overwhelmingly Male?

Wed, 2017-02-22 13:13

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...

A Better Mate for Kraft Heinz?

Wed, 2017-02-22 09:24

After a brief courtship with Unilever and an amicable parting of ways, Kraft Heinz might soon find there are other fish in the sea. Less than 48 hours after Kraft Heinz' $143 billion bid for the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant was disclosed, the two sides professed their "high regard" for one another and said they'd go their separate ways. With Unilever seemingly out of the picture, Smith School clinical professor David Kass has been thinking about potential matches for Kraft Heinz, whose board includes American billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Brazilian-born billionaire investor Jorge Paulo Lemann of 3G Capital. And he offers up some potential mates. Read more...

UMD-Smith Names Michael Faulkender Associate Dean of Master’s Programs

Tue, 2017-02-21 16:53

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Associate Professor of Finance Michael Faulkender has been named Associate Dean for Masters Programs at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Elise Whang on Dingman Bootstrapped: Making Customer Acquisition an Easy Sell

Mon, 2017-02-20 11:46

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship produces Bootstrapped, a podcast featuring founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. This episode of Bootstrapped features Elise Whang, CEO and Co-Founder of SNOBSWAP.

Immigrant's $2M Gift Supports Smith and Clark Students

Mon, 2017-02-20 11:21

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Kimmy Foundation Inc. has pledged $2 million to fund endowed and current-use scholarships for undergraduates in the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The Quirk in the IRS’s Tuition-Reporting Rules

Wed, 2017-02-15 13:07

When the Internal Revenue Service tries to be user-friendly, things can sometimes backfire. Perhaps you could call it the law of unintended consequences or maybe a case of something not well thought out. Nevertheless, Smith School lecturer Samuel Handwerger and MS in Accounting student David Hao Li, writing for Smith Brain Trust, explain why college-tuition-paying tax filers should be extra careful when claiming that tax credit – at least for one more year. Read more...

Could This Be the Key To a Better Sharing Economy?

Wed, 2017-02-15 08:38

The car you rented as part of your auto-share club reeked of cigarette smoke and a cross-country roadtrip worth of crumbs littered the seats and floor. There was a slight and mysterious stickiness on the gear shift. It made you wonder: Why are some of the vehicles in the car-sharing club kept meticulously tidy while others arrive icky? As the sharing economy grows, heads of companies are wondering the same thing. And they're wondering how they can encourage their customers to be better custodians of the goods they share. In new research, Smith School associate professor Rosellina Ferraro seeks to answer those questions. The study, which focuses on car-sharing, asks: Is customer misbehavior contagious, and what can companies do to encourage customers to be their better selves? Read more...

Could This Be the Key To a Better Sharing Economy?

Wed, 2017-02-15 08:38

The car you rented as part of your auto-share club reeked of cigarette smoke and a cross-country roadtrip worth of crumbs littered the seats and floor. There was a slight and mysterious stickiness on the gear shift. It made you wonder: Why are some of the vehicles in the car-sharing club kept meticulously tidy while others arrive icky? As the sharing economy grows, heads of companies are wondering the same thing. And they're wondering how they can encourage their customers to be better custodians of the goods they share. In new research, Smith School associate professor Rosellina Ferraro seeks to answer those questions. The study, which focuses on car-sharing, asks: Is customer misbehavior contagious, and what can companies do to encourage customers to be their better selves? Read more...

QUEST Students Visit Under Armour Headquarters

Tue, 2017-02-14 15:10

On Feb. 3, 2017, the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) honors program corporate student committee organized a trek to Under Armour’s headquarters and new lighthouse facility in Baltimore, Md.

QUEST Students Visit Under Armour Headquarters

Tue, 2017-02-14 15:10

On Feb. 3, 2017, the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) honors program corporate student committee organized a trek to Under Armour’s headquarters and new lighthouse facility in Baltimore, Md.

Prospective PT-MBA Students Attend Super Saturday

Tue, 2017-02-14 14:54

Applicants to the part-time MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business were invited to visit Van Munching Hall, home of the Smith School, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, as part of a new admissions event series: “Smith Super Saturdays.”

Nearly 100 prospective PT-MBA students attended the event last weekend, which included networking sessions, workshops, panels, meet-and-greet with faculty, and interviews by current students and alumni.

Prospective PT-MBA Students Attend Super Saturday

Tue, 2017-02-14 14:54

Applicants to the part-time MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business were invited to visit Van Munching Hall, home of the Smith School, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, as part of a new admissions event series: “Smith Super Saturdays.”

Nearly 100 prospective PT-MBA students attended the event last weekend, which included networking sessions, workshops, panels, meet-and-greet with faculty, and interviews by current students and alumni.

Specialty Masters Student Club Officers Expand their Leadership Skills in Gettysburg

Mon, 2017-02-13 15:10

On Feb. 3, 2017, student officers of the Smith Master Student Association (SMSA) and affiliated clubs at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business participated in a day-long program with the Gettysburg Leadership Experience in Gettysburg, Pa.

Specialty Masters Student Club Officers Expand their Leadership Skills in Gettysburg

Mon, 2017-02-13 15:10

On Feb. 3, 2017, student officers of the Smith Master Student Association (SMSA) and affiliated clubs at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business participated in a day-long program with the Gettysburg Leadership Experience in Gettysburg, Pa.

Ray Joyce '17 Embraces His Experience

Mon, 2017-02-13 12:56

Victor Mullins, associate dean of the undergraduate program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, recently interviewed Smith Senior Ray Joyce’17 to discuss how he is “embracing his experience” during his Smith journey.

Ray Joyce '17 Embarces His Experience

Mon, 2017-02-13 12:56

Victor Mullins, associate dean of the undergraduate program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, recently interviewed Smith Senior Ray Joyce’17 to discuss how he is “embracing his experience” during his Smith journey.

Beyond Majors: An Exploration of Potential

Thu, 2017-02-09 09:57

It’s no secret that getting into a school like the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is becoming increasingly more difficult, year after year. This year’s freshman class holds some of the most intelligent, driven students. Yet, how can all these multidimensional, ever-curious, students box up all their unique interests and passions into one single major? It’s a daunting task to have to decide what your academic focus will be for the next four years, especially for those students that made it into Smith by being active in so many various disciplines.

Beyond Majors: An Exploration of Potential

Thu, 2017-02-09 09:57

It’s no secret that getting into a school like the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is becoming increasingly more difficult, year after year. This year’s freshman class holds some of the most intelligent, driven students. Yet, how can all these multidimensional, ever-curious, students box up all their unique interests and passions into one single major? It’s a daunting task to have to decide what your academic focus will be for the next four years, especially for those students that made it into Smith by being active in so many various disciplines.