Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Smith School Undergraduate IT Program Listed Among U.S. Top 10 TechRepublic Special Report Cites Student Preparedness for Leadership Roles

The Robert H. Smith School of Business undergraduate information technology (IT) program was listed among the U.S. Top 10 in a special report released by the business technology news network TechRepublic on Nov. 3, 2008. The school was cited as among the nation’s best for students seeking leadership and managerial roles in the IT field, as well as for recruiters seeking the best talent.

According to Jason Hiner, editor-in-chief of TechRepublic, in the introduction to the report, “A degree from one of these 10 programs will provide a great foundation for a successful IT career.”

Smith School Makes Significant Contributions at Informs 2008 Annual Meeting

College Park, MD – October 13, 2008 – This year’s annual conference from the Institute for Operations Research and The Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), is significantly influenced by contributions from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Smith School to Co-sponsor Fifth Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems & Cybersecurity on May 29

The information revolution has not only introduced new technologies, but has changed the way business is conducted. Economic transactions increasingly take place via digital electronic activities focused primarily on the interconnectivity obtained via the Internet. A critical part of this interconnectivity is the way organizations have integrated their accounting and financial management systems with Internet–based applications. The importance of the Internet to private and public organizations is well known.

University of Maryland Business School Wraps Educational Mission into New Documentary

College Park, Md. - April 18, 2008 - The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is bringing technology themes from its leading programs and research to students and general audiences with a new documentary, now airing nationwide on public television stations. Smith will freely share the program - which explores information technology-enabled transformations - with schools and educators to help teach how firms, markets and industries are rapidly evolving with technological innovations. The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X.

Smith MBA Students Take Top Honors at Supply Chain and Logistics Competitions

Smith’s newly elected MBA Supply Chain Club (SCC) leaders are entering office with not one but two major victories under their belts. Two teams of first- and second-year MBA students placed first and second at the FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Competition and Purdue University's Global Supply Chain Case Competition, respectively. Teams were sponsored by Smith’s logistics, business, and public policy department and faculty representative Hugh Turner, Tyser Teaching Fellow.

MBA Leads to Higher Salaries for IT Professionals

College Park, Md. - March 11, 2008 - Firms in the United States value IT professionals MBA degrees much more than IT experience, according to new research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. An IT professional with an MBA degree earns 46 percent more than a counterpart with only a bachelors degree and 37 percent more than one with any other masters degree, according to the study, published in this months Management Science journal.

New Research Finds Consumers Save More Than $7B by Shopping on eBay

College Park, Md. - January 28, 2008 - New research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business finds that consumers save billions of dollars annually by buying goods through the online auction site eBay more than $7 billion in 2003, according to researchers. The study marks the first time this benefit to the overall economy has been quantified. The flip side of these benefits, however, is that sellers are leaving billions on the table that they could have charged buyers by setting higher prices.

Smith Boasts Six INFORMS Fellows

Michael Fu, professor of management science, and Lawrence Bodin, professor emeritus of management science, have been named as fellows for 2008 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). This singular honor, awarded to about 2 percent of the organizations 11,000 members, has now been held by six members of the Smith Schools decision and information technologies department. In addition to Fu and Bodin, Saul Gass, professor emeritus of management science; Michael Ball, Orkand Professor of Management Science; Bruce Golden, France-Merrick Chair in Management Science; and Dean Howard Frank are past INFORMS fellows.


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