Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Smith Faculty Headline Management Conference in Zrich

Smith faculty members brought the Smith Schools thought leadership to Europe in a series of workshops Tuesday, October 3 at the 16th Zrich MBA Congress. Rhonda Reger, professor of management and organization, Gurdip Bakshi, professor of finance, Judy Frels, senior director of custom programs, and Rob Sheehan, academic director for executive MBA and executive degree programs, were among thought leaders presenting at the conference, which focused on leading management issues.

University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business 10th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the "10th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders" for 2013, as recommended by members of its faculty and staff.

Smith's Lawrence Lesser Releases New Book on Business, Public Policy, and Society

The reactions of business and government to the terrorist attacks of 9.11 and recent corporate misbehavior serve as dual themes for the second edition of Business, Public Policy, and Society, just published by Thomson.

In response to these twin events, Lawrence M. Lesser, the book's author and LBPP faculty member, describes a new wave of regulatory activity that began with the enactment of two historic but controversial measures the USA Patriot Act in 2001 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. Both laws have global as well as domestic impacts.

Smith MBAs Place Third in the 2004 International Graduate Logistics Case Competition

A team of Smith MBAs placed third this past weekend in the 2004 International Graduate Logistics Case Competition in Chicago, Illinois. The team, comprised of Jeremy Gove, Muthu Venkatachalam, Bruce Chiang, Larry Legates, and Silvana Muguerza, won in the first round before falling short in a hard-fought final round.

William M. McClenahan

Professor McClenahan is an attorney and a business historian. He has taught both sections of business law since 1997. Between 1994 and 1997 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Transportation, Business and Public Policy at Maryland. He co-authored, with William H. Becker, The Market, the State and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 1934-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and, with Joseph A. Pratt and William H. Becker, The Voice of the Marketplace, A History of the National Petroleum Council (Texas A&M University Press, 2002).

Case Competition FAQ

What is a case competition?

A case competition is an event in which teams of students have the opportunity to examine real-life business problems and present their solutions and ideas to a panel of corporate executives and business leaders. All teams will be given the same case and the team will make create a presentation on why their solution is the best. The panel will judge the recommendations on aspects like feasibility, creativity, completeness, etc.

Why should I participate in a case competition?

There are multitudes of reasons for why you should participate in a case competition! Here are a few reasons:

  • Experience: These competitions provide the most hands-on, realistic simulations of what it would be like to work in the supply chain industry. There will be opportunities to analyze and make recommendations on real-life strategic issues just like real business professional. You will also be able to practice leadership skills in a team environment. The case competition can also help you realize if the supply chain industry is something you want to be a part of.
  • Networking: There are many opportunities to meet and interact with various representatives from many great companies. In addition, there will be top supply chain students from other schools that you can meet too.
  • Confidence and Resume Booster: Amazing the judges and winning a case competition increases your confidence in your own skills, which can help you present yourself better in an interview. You will also be able to present the case competition as an impressive experience on your resume and as a talking point in interviews.
  • Application of Skills: get the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to real world experiences
  • Stronger Classmate Relationships: You will be on a team with 3-4 other Smith Supply Chain Management students. After spending a few days together and working hard through the case problem, you will have a much stronger relationship with your team! These bonds will stay with you even after the competition.
  • Stronger Communication Skills: You will have the experience of presenting to business managers, answering questions under pressure, and receiving feedback about your team’s ideas in relationship with real world expectations.
  • Travel: With your travel expenses paid by the department, you will be able to travel to a different place for free!
  • Prizes: Many case competitions do offer monetary prizes in addition to bragging rights!

When and where do case competitions take place?

Case competitions take place throughout the school year and all over the country!

Do I have to pay to join the case competition?

No, the Supply Chain department will cover your travel expenses during the case competition.

How are case competition team formed?

Please email your resume to Dianne Fox (dfox@rhsmith.umd.edu) and let her know which case competition you are interested in participating in. Dianne will gather the candidates and then decisions will be made on which candidates will be a part of the team.

Will I be missing class?

Most case competitions do happen throughout the school week, therefore there is a high chance that you will be missing class. The case competition is an excused absence, however you must let your professor know before hand and make sure you make up the work.

Can a case competition help me get an internship or job?

Absolutely! Doing a case competition is a great resume booster and does help you stand out when competing for a job. You can also use your participation in a case competition as examples for interview questions like the following: “When was a time you had to work in a team”, “When was a time you had to work under pressure”, “Describe a time when you made a process improvement or recommendation”, etc. Also, at the case competition you will have the opportunity to interact with the companies that are sponsoring the competition. The competition sponsors are there to help with the case competition, in addition to looking for possible candidates for positions at their companies.

How do I prepare for a case competition? 

Meeting up with team members before the competition is crucial. The case competition advisor will give you further instructions on how to prepare with your group as the competition approaches. 

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