Faculty & Research

Jul 01, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research
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Bill Longbrake, executive-in-residence at the Smith School's Center for Financial Policy, lays out the big issues for Greece as the country enters the end game of its long-running financial drama. "There are times when, even though there might be a logical solution from an economic and financial point of view, you can't get there because of political constraints," Longbrake says....

Jun 29, 2015
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John Hancock rallied a nation with his large autograph on the Declaration of Independence, but new research from the Smith School shows that signature size on corporate financial statements can signal far less noble intentions. The working paper, led by Smith accounting professor Nick Seybert and 2015 Smith PhD graduate Charles Ham, finds that chief financial officers with large signatures are...

Jun 26, 2015
Entrepreneurial Spirit
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Fitbit is riding high: When the wearable fitness device company went public last month, its stock closed the day 48 percent over its IPO price, which puts the company's value at $4.1 billion. But critics see some vulnerabilities. Smith alumna Elana Fine, managing director of the school's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, shares insights. ...

Jun 25, 2015
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A recent feud between singer Taylor Swift and Apple should help government regulators realize that digital music is not a public good like electricity. Swift taking Apple Music to task for not paying artists royalties for songs streamed during a three-month free trial attests to the power of a few strong artists to dictate to the channels. It also illustrates free market dynamics, Smith School professor P.K. Kannan...

Jun 24, 2015
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Shareholders will vote Wednesday on the formation of Kraft Heinz, which would emerge as the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company pending legal hurdles. The merger would bring popular brands such as Oscar Mayer, Planters, Kool-Aid, Ore-Ida, Bagel Bites and Classico under the same roof. While most consumers won’t notice any difference at the supermarket, the blockbuster deal will stir interest in an industry that many...

Jun 23, 2015
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Are companies being too picky in hiring workers? One factor slowing the recovery might be the growing length of time it's taking companies to fill open positions. As of April, the average vacancy took 23.7 days to fill, nearly double the 15.3 days of mid-2009. Jeff Kudisch, a Smith School professor and managing director of the Office of Career Services, thinks it's sensible that companies appear to be embracing the...

Jun 11, 2015
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Doctors have many concerns about online crowdsourced ratings, which are intended to make patients better-informed consumers of health care, but this is a big one: They worry that complainers will be the most outspoken contributors to rating sites, skewing scores and resulting in a kind of heckler's veto. But a new study involving Smith School professors Gordon Gao and Ritu Agarwal...

Jun 11, 2015
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Entrepreneurs beat long odds when they launch a company, scale it up and sell it to investors. Smith School alumnus Jason Cohen has done it five times in 15 years with brands such as Sensible Portions low-calorie snacks, Rickland Orchards yogurt, SkinnyPop popcorn and Mrs. Thinsters cookies. His latest project is a jerky company called...

May 28, 2015
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Restaurants often come across as desperate when they offer Groupon-style deals, but a new study from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests that certain types of venues can escape the damage to their reputations. That's because the negative effect tends to be concentrated on restaurants at lower price points. In the case of upscale restaurants, offering a deal either does not hurt the reputation...

May 20, 2015
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Congratulations, you just got a stretch assignment! This means your boss trusts you and sees leadership potential. But beware. New research from the Smith School shows potential pitfalls. The same assignment that can inspire engagement and critical thinking also can trigger self-doubt and anxiety. Co-authors Myeong-Gu Seo and Kathryn M. Bartol say some people cope well, while others crumble...

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