Faculty & Research

Nov 11, 2015
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Can you catch bad health habits from your peers? How about from your subordinates or even your boss? Yes, according to new work from the Smith School. To answer the question, Maj. Vickee Wolcott, who completed a Ph.D. in August, took advantage of a unique aspect of military life. Soldiers are re-assigned to new units every few years, plunging them into new social worlds, and new health cultures. Those new cultures...

Nov 04, 2015
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Gaming as a customer engagement tool has been around since the invention of dice and playing cards. But Smith School professor Oliver Schlake says people who put Pong and its modern successors in the same leisure category underestimate the power of digital interaction to motivate behavior and drive business results. Read more...

Nov 04, 2015
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Supply chain experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have spurred the implementation of a new system that will accelerate trade and save U.S. businesses money and time. Soon, the current paper-based system required by the U.S. government to import or export cargo will give way to the new “single window,” electronic data collection process, dubbed the International Trade Data System. It becomes mandatory in February 2016.

Oct 30, 2015
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Professor of Finance Russ Wermers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business recently gave the keynote speech for the for the fourth annual Luxembourg Asset Management Summit.

Oct 15, 2015
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Companies in which employees feel empowered to solve problems on their own, rather than simply follow rules, outperform peers where that doesn't happen — and employees at such companies feel a sense of self-mastery, which improves morale. But can you create such a culture — and, if so, how? There are at least two paths to building a company of self-starters, suggests new research by Smith School professor Hui Liao....

Oct 15, 2015
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Men getting in touch with their masculine selves — like in Wall Street’s male-dominated, competitive culture — breeds overconfidence and financial risk-taking, new research from Smith School finance professor Francesco D’Acunto finds. "The salience of male identity increases men's beliefs of experiencing good outcomes in a game of chance," he says....

Oct 05, 2015
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Steve Jobs the movie will arrive in theaters Friday, despite protests from the widow and other friends of the late Apple co-founder. They say the film unfairly portrays its title character as cruel and inhumane, while director Danny Boyle stands by his adaptation of the biography by Walter Isaacson. One thing not in dispute is Jobs’ legacy as a creative thinker. Smith School adjunct faculty member Kamran Loghman...

Oct 02, 2015
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How would trained saboteurs, successfully planted on your team by ruthless competitors, proceed to undermine your productivity? If they followed a previously classified World War II field guide used by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of today's CIA, they would follow eight rules to sap your momentum. Robert Galford, facilitator of an executive education course at the Smith School, says many...

Oct 01, 2015
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What's the best time to tweet, to ensure maximum audience engagement? University of Maryland researchers, including Smith School professor William Rand, have demonstrated that an algorithm that takes into account the past activity of each of your followers — and makes predictions about future tweeting — can lead to more "retweets" than other commonly used methods, such as posting at peak traffic times....

Sep 23, 2015
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Failure doesn’t hurt so much when it happens to someone else. Bystanders can watch and learn from a distance as new technology flattens slow-moving companies and industries. Despite fresh claims to the contrary, the disruptive innovation model — laid out by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen in the 1990s — remains a relevant tool for scoring the action at home. Smith School professor Henry C. Lucas, Jr....

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