Faculty & Research

Apr 22, 2015
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Say on Pay, which gives shareholders a nonbinding vote on executive compensation, leads companies to reduce excessive pay in certain circumstances. That's according to new research by Smith professor Russ Wermers and a coauthor. Previous academic studies of Say on Pay have found mixed results, with some concluding that the provision—part of the Dodd-Frank legislation and in effect since 2011—has had no effect. But...

Apr 20, 2015
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Economists point to the rural parts of Africa, India, China, Eastern Europe and other developing markets as the next frontier for big multinational corporations. But the challenges of selling products and services to consumers in these environments go way beyond effective marketing campaigns. And it’s more than just swapping out features to suit local tastes. New research co-authored by Smith professor Judy Frels...

Apr 15, 2015
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Surveys show little change in American attitudes toward gun control after mass shootings, and gun sales have been going up in recent years. But the stock market may tell a different tale. Investors appear to be skeptical of the long-term prospects of the gun industry's business model, according to new scholarship produced at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business....

Apr 15, 2015
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More is better than less. “It’s not complicated,” AT&T explains in its popular television ads. Similar reasoning does not apply in foreign currency exchange, where strong is better than weak — except when it isn’t. For U.S. consumers the dollar’s recent surge means cheaper imports, lower inflation and hot deals on international travel. But it also means lower demand for exports, which slows economic growth. Kristen...

Apr 01, 2015
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Psychology studies show that physically attractive people generally have an advantage. But new research from Smith School professor Marko Pitesa clarifies the mechanism through which attractiveness works as an advantage in one specific scenario -- job interviews. More intriguingly, the research also shows when beauty can work against you. “It’s not always an...

Mar 25, 2015
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Russ Wermers, professor of finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, will provide expertise, as an affiliate, to one of the largest economic consulting firms in North America.

Mar 25, 2015
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Andy Burness, MBA ’81, knows how to keep employees happy. On four occasions his public relations firm has been named one of the “best places to work” in Washington, D.C., by either The Washington Post or Washingtonian. In this guest column, he shares 10 rules for how to build employee engagement while retaining and growing satisfied clients. Read more...

Mar 25, 2015
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Companies work fairly hard to place one woman -- but only one -- in a top management position, according to research by Cristian Desző, an associate professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and two co-authors. The article found evidence of a “quota” effect: Once a company had appointed one woman to a top-tier job, the chances of a second woman landing...

Mar 25, 2015
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Organizations of all sizes need more of the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades the University of Maryland, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said during CEO@Smith. “People often think that entrepreneurship is about the little guy, the garage tinkerer  -- David going out to...

Mar 03, 2015
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An inaugural supply chain industry awards event recognized the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and one of its professors. Sandor Boyson, research professor and codirector of the Supply Chain Management Center, was named Resilient Supply Chain Educator of the Year by the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council.

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