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Feb 24, 2017
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<p><img src="http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/files/auto-vw-vw-bus-vehicle-163711.jpeg" width="200" height="100" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" />Can Volkswagen’s recently announced $2 billion spending plan on zero emission and electric vehicles be a tipping point for the U.S. electric car economy? No, says Smith School management professor <strong>David A. Kirsch</strong>. “It’s a little bit wishful thinking,” he tells Marketplace radio. “This is an incremental advance in the long-term process.” Here's what it might mean....

Feb 22, 2017
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How close are the Fortune 500 companies to achieving gender equality on their corporate boards? They've got a long way to go, baby. The boardrooms of the Fortune 500 companies, which represent two-thirds of U.S. GDP, continue to be overwhelmingly male, with women holding only 20 percent of all board seats, according to a new report. Scholars tend to blame the gap on some combination of two factors: Workplace biases or individual...

Feb 08, 2017
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When Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman thinks about Snap Inc. going public, the image that springs to mind is a queue of airplanes, waiting for takeoff, with the parent of the popular Snapchat photo app first on the tarmac. It's because Snap is the first in a line of so-called unicorns – privately held tech companies with an estimated valuation of $1 billion or more – that are...

Feb 06, 2017
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A new study finds that employees whose tasks are organized in a routine and repetitive way are more likely to break rules to make their workday simpler. But there's good news. The researchers found that shaking up the order in which employees perform tasks – even without changing the tasks themselves – can prevent rule-breaking. "What was surprising, but also encouraging, for me was that such a very subtle manipulation in the...

Jan 31, 2017
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Each year, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Pitch Dingman Competition, an opportunity for University of Maryland student entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses shark tank style to an expert panel of judges to compete for a total of $30,000 in seed funding. Pitch Dingman applications open at the beginning of the academic year, with a short quarterfinals phase in late September. A vetting process from alumni entrepreneur judges leads to a selection of 10 semifinalists. The Pitch Dingman Semifinals on Nov. 17...

Jan 25, 2017
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President Trump signed an executive order this week to formally walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, in what looked like the final chapter for the 12-nation trade deal. Without the U.S., it seemed, the deal would collapse. But leaders of some of the 11 remaining nations now say they hope to carry on with the deal. Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says the big question is whether the pact's...

Jan 19, 2017
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World Economic Forum in Davos, SwitzerlandSeveral world leaders opted out of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. Xi Jinping didn't. He became China's first leader to speak at the gathering that's designed to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. Also participating: Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta. He contributed to a "future of retail" panel and...

Jan 18, 2017
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All faculty, program directors, deans, department chairs, alumni, and students of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are invited to nominate deserving Smith School faculty members for one of several teaching awards. Nominations are due by March 3, 2017, and awards will be presented in May.

Jan 09, 2017
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Forbes 30 Under 30 has selected two rising stars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for its newest class, announced on Jan. 3, 2017. Hungry Harvest cofounder and “Shark Tank” dealmaker Evan Lutz, a 2014 Smith School graduate, appears on the social entrepreneurs list, and Starwood Capital Group vice president Akshay Goyal, a 2010 Smith School graduate, made the cut in the finance category.

Jan 05, 2017
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Go ahead. Ignore your email. If you reflexively check your work email before you’re even out of bed in the morning, and just before you close your eyes to sleep, and at nonstop intervals in between, this story is for you. In France, workers are being given the “right to disconnect” outside of working hours, thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1. The French government has said that the intervention...

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