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A Conversation With Baanie Chandok, Verizon Intern

Fri, 2017-07-28 03:00

In this edition, Baanie Chandok, MBA Candidate 2018, lets us in on what it's like to work as a Marketing Leadership Development Program Intern at Verizon in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Meet the Enterprise Risk Management Program Director: Professor Cliff Rossi

Thu, 2017-07-27 12:24

The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Advanced Professional Development Program is considered the premier training program for professionals in the growing and ever-evolving field of enterprise risk management.

Kannan, Wedel Receive Prestigious Marketing Research Award

Thu, 2017-07-27 11:40

Research into data analytics by marketing professors P.K. Kannan and Michel Wedel at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has captured the MSI H. Paul Root Award from the Journal of Marketing editorial review board.

Smith Hosts Women Investing in Learning Leadership (WILL) Summer High School Program

Wed, 2017-07-26 14:45

During the week of July 16, 2017, 12 high school women joined faculty and staff for the Smith Summer Business Program, Women Investing in Learning Leadership (WILL) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Female Entrepreneurs from Latin America Visit the Smith School

Wed, 2017-07-26 11:41

A delegation of female business leaders from Latin America visited the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on July 13, 2017, as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) initiative in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The visit to the Smith School was organized by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) in Baltimore, Md.

Meet Janna Fernandez: A Terp with Purpose

Wed, 2017-07-26 10:19

Welcome to Terps with Purpose, a web series featuring Smith School undergraduates, MBA students and alumni working to create social and environmental prosperity through their careers. Follow along with us this summer to learn more about their career journeys and the impact they have had along the way.

Employers Snoop Social Media Profiles. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tue, 2017-07-25 10:22

Even as our social media identities become more tightly interwoven in many aspects of our lives, when it comes to our job searches, should our postings and profiles be off-limits? Regulators in the European Union are recommending that companies ban the practice of scrutinizing the social media accounts of their job applicants, while here in the United States, human resources industry experts are similarly recommending caution. Read more...

Why Big CEO-to-Employee Pay Gaps Aren’t All Bad

Fri, 2017-07-21 19:06

Maybe those sky-high CEO salaries aren't an entirely bad thing. For years, critics have charged that the vast and widening gap between the pay packages for chief executives and a company's average employee (commonly referred to as the CEO pay ratio) is a moral failing on society. Others have claimed that it reflects a weak corporate governance structure, blaming boards of directors for heaping needlessly large compensation packets into the laps of top executives, at the expense of company productivity and profitability. New research suggests otherwise. Read more...

A Conversation With Ryan Hagemeyer, Hershey Intern

Fri, 2017-07-21 03:00

In this edition, Ryan Hagemeyer, MBA Candidate 2018, lets us in on what it's like to work as a Brand Marketing Intern at Hershey in Hershey, PA.

The Trouble with J.Crew

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:30

J.Crew is battling some choppy seas. It's had 10 consecutive quarterly sales declines, two straight years of losses, and now the iconic, classic clothier is swimming in more than $2 billion in debt. Its longtime style maven and creative director Jenna Lyons is out, as is its once-celebrated CEO Mickey Drexler. It's paddling against unprecedented challenges from fast-fashion retailers and e-commerce competitors. And now as J.Crew looks to right its course, it's facing another crisis: an identity crisis. Read more...

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

Wed, 2017-07-19 07:52

The 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...

A Little-Known Link Between Buffett and Sprint

Tue, 2017-07-18 22:40

Why might Warren Buffett be interested in Sprint? The question emerged from an annual gathering of CEOs in Sun Valley, Idaho, last weekend. Sprint is losing money and is saddled with more than $32 billion in debt, notes the Smith School's David Kass. And at first glance, it would not appear that telecommunications is within Buffett's "circle of competence," Kass says. But there's more to this story, he adds. Read more...

New Appointees Join Smith’s Advisory Board

Tue, 2017-07-18 15:02

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has named nine new appointees to its Board of Advisors for three-year terms, effective July 1, 2017.

Sophomores Complete College Park Scholars Program

Tue, 2017-07-18 14:13

Fifty-six sophomores in the by-invitation-only Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business earned their Citation Award for successfully completing the two-year College Park Scholars program this past spring semester.

CBERC's Simpson Serves as Interim Chair of Criminology

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:32

The University of Maryland's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of Criminology are grateful for the continued leadership of Professor Sally Simpson, who recently took the helm of the department as interim chair. Simpson will also continue to serve as director of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation & Crime (C-BERC), an active unit within BSOS, CCJS and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 

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QUEST 25th Anniversary Celebration Is Oct 7

Mon, 2017-07-17 03:00

The Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program at the University of Maryland is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at The Hotel, a new luxury hotel and conference center at UMD. Undergraduate students from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences are eligible to apply for QUEST.

A Conversation With Rakita Garner, Intel Intern

Fri, 2017-07-14 03:00

In this edition, Rakita Garner, MBA Candidate 2018, lets us in on what it's like to work as an HR Pathways Intern at Intel in Phoenix, AZ.

Smith’s David Godes Draws INFORMS Research Award

Thu, 2017-07-13 16:59

Research into managing consumer word-of-mouth communication by David Godes, professor and chair of the Marketing Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. School of Business has garnered an INFORMS Society for Marketing Science “Long Term Impact Award” for 2017.

Think Global IT Operations Are Just About Cost-Cutting? Think Again

Wed, 2017-07-12 12:43

Information technology is often credited for its role in helping companies cut costs. However, new research by the Smith School's Sunil Mithas shows that information technology actually creates increased global profits through increased revenue, not through cost cuts. Read more...

Volvo and the Hybrid, Electric Future

Tue, 2017-07-11 15:08

For Volvo, the decision to introduce only hybrid or all-electric vehicles starting in 2019 is about going green. But it's also about making green; changing the story that Volvo has been selling to investors. It's about stealing some limelight from Tesla, and potentially about positioning the Sweden-based automaker for a possible initial public offering, says the Smith School's David A. Kirsch. It's about branding Volvo as a car company of the future. Read more...