The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Second Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition, April 1-2, 2016. Through two rounds of presentations and Q&A, the team from the Smith School emerged victorious capturing the event’s $2,500 first prize.
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Amazon has announced it is leasing 20 Boeing 767 planes in order to move its own goods, a move that could significantly impact FedEx and UPS, which it now leans on to deliver many of its packages. Some analysts are even wondering if Jeff Bezos's company might be positioning itself to become a competitor to FedEx and UPS. The Smith School's Philip T. Evers dissects the pros and cons of the move. Read more ...
Businesses flourish in the right climate, President Obama told entrepreneurs this week during his visit to Cuba. But despite 15 months of re-established U.S.-Cuba ties, a culture gap and lingering embargo impede trade with the island nation 90 miles from Florida. Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says some changes will come slowly, but market opportunities already are emerging. Read more...
Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School - if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.
“America is witnessing a political supernova — voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — because both political parties have failed ordinary folks," Smith School economist Peter Morici says. He says Trump would set himself up for the GOP nomination and the White House by making “moderate governor” John Kasich his running mate. Read more...
ChemChina’s $43 billion bid to take over Swiss seed and pesticide maker Syngenta and similar deals "should be rejected" until “China genuinely opens itself to foreign investment,” says Smith School economist Peter Morici. Syngenta generates about a quarter of its revenue from North America. Read more...
Picking up on a recent article in the Smith Brain Trust, this debate examines the utility of applying disruption theory, as formulated by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen in the 1990s, as a universal explanation for technological shifts.
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The second Smith School Faculty debate for 2015 will explore the government's current approach to monetary policy. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated that interest rates soon will begin to rise as long as underlying indicators of a recovering economy such as wage growth remain stable. In light of the global economic landscape, what are likely outcomes of the Fed's approach to raising interest rates?
Please join the distinguished panel for a lively discussion!
Time had run out in 1980. An earth capable of sustaining only a limited number of hungry consumers had been pushed too far, and “The Population Bomb” described by conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich would soon explode. Most in academia accepted the dire warnings about overpopulation and resource depletion. But the late Smith School economist Julian Simon listened to the arguments and recognized a flaw.
In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with Martin Dresner about his new research that shows the upsides of baggage fees: not just improved the bottom lines for airlines, but also better on-time records and fewer customer complaints about lost bags.