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Aug 18, 2016
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A recent White House memorandum to heads of federal departments and agencies calls for at least 20 percent of their software projects to be accessible to the public without any additional payment to the developer through the “open sourcing” of their work. Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman says the new policy might cause problems for government contractors worried about protecting their intellectual property....

Jul 28, 2016
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A Forbes survey last week revealed 69 percent of its respondents have played Pokémon Go during work hours. Meanwhile, SHRM issued a bulletin to advise companies on managing employees who have been among the one in 10 Americans who own smartphones since the game’s July 7 U.S. launch. "The game is distracting to a degree, but it also reveals gamification principles that increase productivity that managers can appreciate,”...

Jun 23, 2016
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In a move that Inc. calls a “Wall Street magic trick,” Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting on Monday yielded passage of a measure to issue 5.7 million shares of a nonvoting C Class stock. Subsequently, co-founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — and the company’s other B Class shareholders can sell off portions of their fortune without diluting their influence over the company. Smith School professor Christine...

Jun 22, 2016
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Electric car maker Tesla Motors describes its bid to acquire full-service solar power systems provider SolarCity as a move destined to create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers.” But Smith School management professor Brent Goldfarb says such a move is destined to fall flat. He explains his rationale....

Jun 08, 2016
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the "13th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders" for 2016, as recommended by members of its faculty and administrators.

May 19, 2016
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The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pleased to announce that Mark Wellman, clinical professor of management and organization, is the recipient of the inaugural CIBER Award for Teaching Innovation in Global Learning. The award aims to recognize a Smith faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching for a global mindset, meaning an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets.

May 12, 2016
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Experts at a recent University of Maryland event said innovation will play a key yet unpredictable role as the United States moves toward meeting the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement on climate change, namely keeping the global temperature rise to significantly below 2 degrees Celsius. Current projections about slowing climate change may be pessimistic, but such pessimism involves extrapolating from current sociological and technological trends. Human ingenuity "is not in the models," said...

Apr 28, 2016
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Does China’s first quarter GDP growth of 6.7 percent signal that the country is solidly on course for growth between 6.5 and 7 percent per year by 2020 — a key benchmark to its recently adopted five-year plan? “Let’s be cautious,” says Smith School management professor Anil K. Gupta. During a recent CCTV America interview, he gives two caveats. ...

Apr 26, 2016
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Professor Jim Sanders at the Robert H. Smith School of Business recently conducted an action research project in Belarus, which was developed through the Smith School’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Apr 19, 2016
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Smith School experts say the $1.65 billion takeover of event management specialist Cvent by a private equity firm reflects a long-range plan — unpalatable for public shareholders — to expand a tech company that's taken a wild ride since its 1999 beginning. The sale, announced Monday, launches a new phase for the McLean, Va.-based company. Read more...

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