Global Initiatives

Smith School Hosts 50 Students from Australia

The Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted 50 Australian EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate students from RMIT University in Melbourne – one of Australia’s most highly-ranked business schools – from Jan. 4-18, 2014, in College Park. The students, most of whom had never been to the United States, traveled to Maryland to experience business education in an American setting and immerse themselves in U.S. business culture. 

Green Office Program

Green Office Program Participant

Global Initiatives is a member of UMD’s Green Office Program

The Office of Global Initiatives is committed to green principles and sustainability. We have joined the Office of Sustainability's Green Office Program in the hopes of showcasing and sharing the environmental and financial benefits of sustainable business practices with our peers at the Smith School and across the University of Maryland.  We're well on our way to reaching our next milestone - Bronze Certified Green Office. 

The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a dynamic initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices/units that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. It seeks to motivate environmentally friendly behaviors by providing definitive guidelines and reducing confusion about best practices. The program operates through a network of representatives (GO Reps) in schools, centers and administrative units.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Engage the campus community in activities that will strengthen the University of Maryland’s position as a national leader in sustainability
  • Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  • Educate participants about how and why to take action
  • Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
  • Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
  • Promote campus policies that support sustainability

OGI's Green Office Representative: Ryan Steinbach, rsteinbach@rhsmith.umd.edu
For more information on the Green Office Program www.greenoffice.umd.edu
For more information about campus sustainability www.sustainability.umd.edu

Moises Naim Speaks at Smith School

CEOs, politicians, religious leaders and generals can do less with their power today than they could in the past.  This is the central thesis of Moises Naim’s new book, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battles and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What it Used to Be, and it was the focal point of his remarks at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on October 8, 2013.

Visiting Scholars

The Smith School has hosted hundreds of visiting scholars over the years. Today, the School hosts about 10 visiting scholars annually. Our global visiting scholars play an integral role in the life of the School and add an important dimension to Smith’s internationalization. Visiting scholars connect with students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the classroom, conduct research, and participate in co-curricular activities.

Current Visiting Scholars:

Carmine Cerrone

Name: Carmine Cerrone

Country and City:  Salerno, Italy

Home Affiliation: University of Salerno, Post-doc

Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Contact: cerronecarmine@gmail.com 

About: Carmine Cerrone received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and his PhD in Operative Research from the University of Calabria. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Salerno. His research interests include vehicle routing, heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, and networks analysis. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Cerrone will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

 

Name: Jixiang Chen

Country and City:  Beijing, China

Home Affiliation: Renmin University, Graduate student in Mathematical Economics

Smith Department: Finance

Contact: chen.jixiang@yahoo.com

About: Ms. Chen is an MS candidate in Mathematical Economics and Renmin University. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Wuhan University. She served as a research assistant at Renmin University and also has professional experience at Changjiang Securities in Wuhan. Ms. Chen’s research focuses on applying a real investment option model to explain some asset pricing phenomena like momentum and value premium.

 

Ping ChenName: Ping Chen

Country and City:  Tianjin, China

Home Affiliation: Nankai University, Assistant Professor of Logistics Management

Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Contact: chenpingbjtu@gmail.com

About: Ping Chen is Assistant Professor of Logistics Management at Nankai University. Dr. Chen was awarded her BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Beijing Jiaotong University. 

Her research interests include transportation and inventory control in logistics management, combinatorial optimization, and heuristic search. She focuses on models and algorithms of vehicle routing problems (VRPs) in logistics distribution in urban areas. Her research is now centered on disaster relief routing problems. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Chen will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

 

Brian CorbittName:  Brian Corbitt

Country and City:  Melbourne, Australia

Home Affiliation: RMIT University, Professor of Information Systems and Professor Mentor, College of Business 

Smith Department: Marketing

Contact: brian.corbitt@rmit.edu.au

About: Brian Corbitt, PhD FACS CP is currently Professor of Information Systems and Professor Mentor in the College of Business at RMIT University. He has held previous positions as Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Business Research, (RMIT), Pro Vice Chancellor (Online Services at Deakin University, Adjunct Professor of IT at KMIT (NB), Professor of Management Science at Shinawatra University in Thailand, JADE Professor of eCommerce at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He was also on staff at both Monash University and the University of Melbourne, where he was also Head of International House.

Professor Corbitt specializes in Information Systems modeling, business policy and IT, e-business, e-government, and spatial information systems. He has published 10 books on e-business, e-commerce, and e-government. He has also published over 200 refereed scholarly papers, and also numerous government reports to the governments of Thailand and New Zealand, and many invited papers as a keynote speaker on IT policy in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. He is a Senior Editor of Information and Management.

 

Mingpeng HuangName:  Mingpeng Huang

Country and City:  Beijing, China

Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, Peking University, Guanghua School of Management 

Smith Department: Management and Organization

Contact: mphuang2010@gmail.com

About: Mingpeng Huang graduated from Wuhan University with Bachelor’s degrees in Management and Engineering. He has published in Acta Psychologica Sinica and China Market and presented papers at the Academy of Management Annual Conference and Biennial Conference of International Association for Chinese Management Research. While in residence at Smith, Mr. Huang is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project about strategic leadership.

 

Elif KaraosmanogluName:  Elif Karaosmanoglu

Country:  Istanbul, Turkey

Home Affiliation: Istanbul Technical University, Associate Professor of Marketing 

Smith Department: Marketing

Contact: ekaraosmanoglu@rhsmith.umd.edu; 3312 Van Munching Hall

About: Elif Karaosmanoglu is associate professor of marketing at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in the Management Engineering Department She acted as the vice dean for academic affairs for the ITU Faculty of Management between 2010 and 2012. She coordinates the ITU-SUNY, New Paltz Dual Degree Program in Business Administration. Her current research focuses on mobile advertising and technology-consumer interactions and co-creation and co-production in online and offline service contexts. She received the Fulbright Visiting Scholar scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year to research mobile advertising attractiveness at the Smith School. She previously received a scholarship from the Turkish Higher Education Council to complete her PhD at Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom and was awarded bursary by Warwick Business School during her studies between 2001 and 2006. She also received the Best Paper Award from the SIG in Branding of Academy of Marketing 2008. Her earlier research papers in corporate branding and identity area have been published in European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Brand Management, and Journal of General Management. She recently chaired the EMAC 2013 Conference in Istanbul.

 

Hongjie LanName: Hongjie Lan

Country and City:  Beijing, China

Home Affiliation: Beijing Jiaotong University, Associate Professor of Logistics Management

Smith Department: Logistics, Business, and Public Policy

Contact: lanhongjie@gmail.com, 3346 Van Munching Hall

About: Hongjie Lan holds a PhD, MS, and BS from Beijing Jiaotong University, all in Logistics Management and Engineering. Dr. Lan’s research interests include cold-chain logistics, logistics management, and logistics standardization. She is the author of six books and co-authored two others. Her research has been published in Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences, China Business and Market, Chinese Business Review, China Materials Distribution, China Soft Science, China Storage & Transport, Electronic Business Technology, Food and Beverage Industry, Journal of Beijing Jiaotong University, Journal of Central University of Finance & Economics, Journal of Jiamusi University National Science Edition, Journal of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Logistics, Logistics Engineering and Management, Logistics Technology, Railway Construction Technology, Railway Materials Management, Railway Purchase and Logistics, and Standard Science.

 

Chunhua LanName: Chunhua Lan

Country and City:  Sydney, Australia

Home Affiliation: University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance

Smith Department: Finance

Contact: c.lan@unsw.edu.au; Van Munching Hall 4425

About: Chunhua Lan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Her research interests include asset pricing, financial intermediaries in setting asset prices, and liquidity. Before joining the UNSW, she received her PhD in Finance at Boston College and Doctor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her papers have been presented at top finance conferences such as the American Finance Association annual meetings. She has been awarded several research grants from UNSW.

 

Xiaoping LuiName:  Xiaoping Liu

Country and City:  Guangzhou, China

Home Affiliation: Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Smith Department: Management and Organization

Contact: liuxp@mail.sysu.edu.cn, Van Munching Hall 4505

About: Xiaoping Liu is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and Vice Chair of the Business Administration Department at Sun Yat-sen Business School of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He received his BA in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 1994 and his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2000. 

Dr. Liu’s has received four grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Provincial Social Science Foundation, and various companies. His research focuses on risk perception in the employee-organization relationship, commitment mechanisms, and social identity. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational behavior and human resource management, Professor Liu also consults for such clients as Siemens, Danone, and Coca-Cola. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project.

 

Zhi-qiang LiuName:  Zhi-qiang Liu

Country and City:  Wuhan, China

Home Affiliation: Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, School of Management

Smith Department: Management and Organization

Contact: zqliu@mail.hust.edu.cn

About: Zhi-qiang Liu is Associate Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology’s School of Management and received his PhD from HUST in Human Resource Management in 2006. He has taught at HUST since 2006 and previously held visiting positions at City University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Liu’s research interests include status competition within organizations; knowledge creation and innovation; career stagnation of knowledge workers; and ethics in human resource management. He has published in the following English language publications: International Journal of Human Resource Management, The Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Organization and Management Development.  Dr. Liu has been awarded research support from National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

While in residence at Smith, Professor Liu is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

 

Jules MunierName:  Jules Munier

Country and City:  Lausanne, Switzerland

Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Lausanne

Smith Department: Finance

Contact: jules.munier@unil.ch, Van Munching Hall 4458

About: Jules Munier is in residence at the Department of Finance during the fall semester. His research focuses on theoretical corporate finance, primarily by using dynamic cash models to explain managers' decisions. His current working papers are about managerial optimism and dividend smoothing. He is working at the Swiss Finance Institute with Norman Schürhoff and Erwan Morellec. Jules was attracted to the Smith School by the opportunity to work with Dean Triantis and other faculty. He has a Master's degree from the University of Geneva in Management and a Master's degree from the University of Lausanne in Finance.

 

Jenny NossackName: Jenny Nossack

Country and City:  Siegen, Germany

Home Affiliation: University of Siegen, Post-doc

Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Contact: jenny.nossack@uni-siegen.de

About: Jenny Nossack studied Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. She currently works as a research assistant at the University of Siegen at the Department of Management Information Science of Professor Erwin Pesch. She received her doctoral degree in 2013 and currently holds a post-doc position. In her dissertation she addressed logistics problems (e.g., routing and partitioning issues) encountered in intermodal freight transportation. Her work was awarded a dissertation prize from the German Operations Research Society (GOR). She has also published her research in international journals such as Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Production Economics. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Cerrone will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

 

Belen UseroName: Belen Usero

Country and City:  Madrid, Spain

Home Affiliation: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Assistant Professor of Strategy

Smith Department: Logistics, Business, and Public Policy

Contact: belenusero@gmail.com, 3348 Van Munching Hall

About: Belen Usero is Assistant Professor of Strategy at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M-Spain). She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Strategic Management at UC3M since 2005 and previously held visiting positions at Universidad de Salamanca. In addition, she has been Assistant Director of the PhD in Management program at Uc3M since 2009. She has also been Program Coordinator in the MS program in Cultural Management at Uc3M since 2011. Finally, she was Assistant Director of the MS program in Human Resources Management at Uc3M from 2011-2013.

Her previous research has focused on pioneer advantage, the competitive dynamic approach, and studies of non-market actions in mobile telecommunications industry. She has published in Technovation, Journal of Business Research, Telecommunications Policy, Applied Economics, Service Business, International Journal of E-Business Research, and Cultural Trends.

Her current research interests include intellectual property rights and corporate political activity effectiveness in software industries. While in residence at Smith, she is working with Professor Bennet Zelner on a research project.

 

Shuxi WangName: Shuxi Wang

Country and City:  Beijing, China

Home Affiliation: University of International Business and Economics, Assistant Professor

Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Contact: swang128@umd.edu

 

 

Dong-min YangName:  Dong-min Yang

Country and City:  Gwangju, South Korea

Home Affiliation: Lecturer, Chonnam National University

Smith Department: Management and Organization

Contact: ponasada@hanmail.net

About: Dong-min Yang is a lecturer at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He completed his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior concentration) at Chonnam University in 2012. He has published in Korean Academy of Organization and Management, Korean Management Review, Korean Corporation Management Review, Korean Journal of Management, DAEHAN Journal of Business, The Journal of Business Education, The Korean Journal of Human Resource Development, and The Journal of Industrial Innovation. Dr. Yang has presented his research at conferences in Australia, China, Macau, and Singapore.

Professor Yang has taught courses in business ethics, human relations, organizational behavior, organizational development, and organizational theory. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

 

Jie ZhangName: Jie Zhang

Country and City:  Xi’an, China

Home Affiliation: Xi'an Jiaotong University, School of Management, PhD candidate

Smith Department: Management & Organization

Contact: elsa20130412@gmail.com 

About: Jie Zhang is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at Xi'an Jiaotong University’s School of Management. She has published articles in China Soft Sciences, Management Review, and Nankai Business Review. Ms. Zhang teaches courses in microeconomics and organizational behavior at Xi’an Foreign Language University and she holds a BS in Engineering from Jilin University.

International Internships and Research Opportunities

Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grants (for International Travel and Research)

DEADLINE: April 9, 2014
Up to $6,000 awards available!

The Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grants enable undergraduates to turn a good idea into a great project with real impact. Your idea should address vital problems, questions, or needs of society. The proposed project should involve important service, leadership, intellectual, or social entrepreneurial goals. Projects are invited to be international in scope and/or impact. Projects should involve substantial work off the Maryland campus; international travel is possible and encouraged. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors may apply to this grant program.  

For complete information and to apply please visit www.scholarships.umd.edu/leadershipgrant.php.

Smith School Australia Internship Program

May 28 – August 9, 2014
DEADLINE HAS PASSED; PLEASE CONSIDER APPLYING NEXT YEAR
Program Cost: $8,400. $2,000 scholarships available!

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with a guaranteed 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, while supplementing their current course of academic study at the Smith School.

Maryland Summer Scholars Program

DEADLINE HAS PASSED; PLEASE CONSIDER APPLYING NEXT YEAR
Up to $4,000 research awards available!

Undergraduates who will have earned a minimum of 30 credits by the end of spring semester 2014 (typically those who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2014-2015 academic year), and who have a GPA of at least 3.4, are eligible to apply. Maryland Summer Scholars may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the United States or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel to off campus locations should submit a travel supplement request as requested in the online application form.

For the summer of 2013, the program provided scholarships of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding undergraduates. Awardees are required to submit research reports at the end of the summer, and to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Day event the following spring.

Maryland Summer Scholars gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, national scholarships, and other awards. Many MSS awardees expand their research into an independent study or honors thesis during following fall semester.

For complete information and to apply please visit www.ugresearch.umd.edu/summerscholars.php.

The Australian Summer Internship Program

Australia

BMGT 454: Global Marketing (3 credits) & Internship Course (3 credits)

Program Dates

May 28 to August 9, 2014

Destinations

Sydney, Australia

Faculty

Mary Harms

Program Fee

$8400

Application

 

Apply Now !

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15

Applications completed after this date will be reviewed if spaces are available. The final deadline will be January 1.

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with an 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, while supplementing their current course of academic study at the Smith School.

Sydney is the largest city and financial capital of Australia, the 15th largest economy in the world (and one of the few countries that escaped recession!). Beyond the iconic Opera House, Sydney is home to many cultural institutions – not to mention some of the most famous beaches in the world.

The Course

The Global Marketing course will provide students with an understanding of marketing functions from the perspective of the global executive. Content will include: coverage of global marketing policies relating to product adaptation, data collection and analysis, channels of distribution, pricing, communications and cost analysis. Consideration is given to the cultural, legal, financial and organizational aspects of global marketing. Classroom content will be supplemented with site visits to businesses, governmental organizations, and local universities. This course will fulfill major requirements for International Business and Marketing majors.

The Internship

Students will be placed in an eight-week unpaid internship with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to their academic and professional interest.  Students are guaranteed a meaningful business internship placement, however, placements will vary based on:

  1. students' previous work and leadership experiences, 
  2. quantity of core business courses completed, and 
  3. interview confirming intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility necessary for a successful work experience abroad.

The Accommodations

Students will be placed in shared accommodations in Sydney’s Central Business District. Each unit will include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, along with close access to bus & rail lines, cafes, shops, and internet access throughout the program.

Tentative Schedule

May 28, 2014

Depart United States. Suggested group flight will be provided.

May 29

In transit.

May 30

Arrive in Sydney; airport transit provided. Orientation activities begin, including group welcome dinner.

May 31

Sydney Walking Tour and Orientation.

June 1

Day trip to Blue Mountains.

June 2 – June 6

Class (Weekend free)

June 9 – June 13

Class (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 13

June 16 – June 20

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 20

June 23 – June 27

Internship (Weekend free)

June 30 – July 4

Internship (Weekend free)

July 7 – July 11

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner July 11

July 14 – July 18

Internship (Weekend free)

July 21 – July 25

Internship (Weekend free)

July 28 – August 1

Internship (Weekend free)

August 4 – August 8

Internship; Group Dinner August 7

August 9

Depart Australia

 

What else do you need to know?

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared apartment-style accommodation; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance.

Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare (discounted group flight information will be provided). Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa.

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when the student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.

 

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