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Jul 19, 2016
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Told big bank failure would trigger a flood of bankruptcies and economic calamity, U.S. taxpayers collectively paid billions of dollars to bail out large institutions from the 2008 financial crisis. Despite passing Dodd-Frank legislation to mitigate a future bailout, Congress is on the verge of amending the U.S. bankruptcy code to make bankruptcy feasible for larger banks — more so than when Lehman Brothers’s 2008 bankruptcy...

Jul 14, 2016
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Stock prices are setting new records but could easily charge much higher, says Smith School economist Peter Morici. “The U.S. economy is growing again — about 2.5 percent in the second quarter and going forward — and corporate profits are rising again.” Post-Brexit, the dollar strengthened against foreign currencies, “but overall it remains well below levels recorded earlier this year and last,”...

Jul 13, 2016
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Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor Francisco Dornelles recently warned that the Rio Summer Olympics are headed to a “big failure.” He also called his state’s health care system “calamitous” and said his government’s policy of paying workers’ salaries in installments “is a form of slave labor.” Smith School marketing professors Hank Boyd and Roland Rust suggest better ways to manage a crisis...

Jun 23, 2016
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s initial, comprehensive set of rules for commercial drones will open the floodgates to tens of thousands of unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace. But these flights still won’t include Amazon Prime flying a package to your front door. However, the new rules include “ample leeway,” Smith School marketing professor P.K. Kannan says....

Jun 02, 2016
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Say you're a hotel manager trying to decide whether to build a pool: Will the additional reservations you bring in from that amenity offset the cost of construction and maintenance? Or say you offer free bottled water to all guests. If you stopped doing so, would you save money in the long run? New research from the Smith School offers some answers to these questions....

May 04, 2016
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Online services such as OpenTable make it easy for consumers to make restaurant reservations — and not show up. But higher-end restaurants are fighting back, and the trend is global. Smith School marketing professor Janet Wagner says the lack of human interaction in online reservation systems lets consumers cancel without feeling responsible for the consequences....

Mar 22, 2016
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Conventional wisdom in strategy holds that companies need to choose between cost-cutting or revenue growth. Pursuing both strategies at the same time can result in incoherence — or getting stuck in the middle. But that conventional wisdom is challenged by a new study from the Smith School, which suggests that firms can pursue dual-focus or "ambidextrous" IT strategies successfully....

Feb 25, 2016
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Smith School professor Clifford Rossi had a front-row seat at the 2008 financial crisis, the subject of the film "The Big Short," which has been nominated for Best Picture in the 2016 Oscars. He shares his historical insights on the film. Read more...

Feb 19, 2016
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Professor Anil K. Gupta at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business will join Ratan Tata plus leaders from Google, Airbnb and NextEV in mentoring India tech startups through KStart, an initiative of Bangalore-based VC firm Kalaari Capital.

Feb 17, 2016
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Amazon does it. So do Jimmy John's and many other companies. They require new employees to sign noncompete clauses, a practice now being pushed on low-income workers, limiting their freedom in the labor market. In a recent set of projects, Smith School professor Evan Starr has surveyed some 11,500 U.S. workers about their experiences with noncompetes....

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