Accounting & Information Assurance

Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation

On March 28, 2014, at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet.

Infusing Accounting, Economics in the Cybersecurity Curriculum

Smith School of Business Professor Lawrence Gordon recently co-developed a formula to determine how much a company should invest in cybersecurity. Now, he targets University of Maryland honors students with this innovation.

His course, Accounting and Economic Aspects of Cybersecurity, introduces financial management principles to a discipline grounded in computer science and engineering.



Hotel Info

Conference Hotel:

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Adelphi Rd at University Blvd.
College Park, MD 20740

$169.00/night (May 28-29)
Reference: Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference
Conference rate expires May 7

Other Hotels:

Holiday Inn
10000 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Clarion Inn and Fundome
8601 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Quality Inn
7200 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740

While You're Here

Experience the rich culture, history and diversity that represent America in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is known for its many world famous monuments, museums, restaurants and neighborhoods. Home of the nation’s law makers and lobbyists, Washington DC is truly a city like no other!

Please visit the links below for information on Washington, D.C.’s tourist attractions:

Contact Us

Contact Diane Hall at with any questions about the conference.

Conference Coordinators:

  • Alnoor Bhimani, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Salvador Carmona, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
  • Lawrence A. Gordon, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Martin P. Loeb, , Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland



Thursday, May 29, 2014
1412 Van Munching Hall (Rouse Room) 


Continental Breakfast 

“An Analysis of the Maturity and Strategic Impact of Investments in ERM”
Mark Beasley (North Carolina State University), Bruce Branson (North Carolina State University), Don Pagach (North Carolina State University) 

“Risk Management Committee Formation: Symbolic Commitments to Risk Management or Substantive Monitoring of Risk Outcomes?”
Chris S. Hines (Missouri State University), Gary F. Peters (University of Arkansas) 

“Shareholders' Preference for Excessively Risky Projects, Equilibrium Debt Contracts, and Bailouts”
Michael J. Smith (Boston University) 

Lunch and Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Clifford Rossi, University of Maryland 

“The Effect of Agency Problems on Optimal Operating Leverage And Risk Allocation”
Hui Chen (University of Colorado) 

“The Spectacular Growth in Financial Derivatives:  Is it the Effect of Accounting Methods or Public Policy?”
A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik (University of Illinois) 

Participants to be confirmed. 

Concluding Dinner

Congratulations to Top Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to the Top Graduating Seniors in each major for 2013-14! We will honor these seniors at our 14th Annual Robert H. Smith School of Business Undergraduate Awards Dinner later this semester.

Dean's Leadership Award: Stephanie Graf

Accounting: Kristen Ballou

Finance: Hrach Kelejian

Information Systems: Miles Dickinson

International Business: Claire Moriarty

Management: Sara Ali

Marketing: Lindsay Djuhadi

Smith School Business Summit March 28

Successful businesses thrive on innovation. It’s the key to a competitive advantage and should be part of every business strategy and strategic vision. 

Discover ways to jumpstart your innovation strategy in 2014 and beyond. Join us for the third annual Smith School Business Summit, presented by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on Friday, March 28 at the Marriott North Bethesda. 


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