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Jun 02, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

Smith School professor P.K. Kannan acquiesced, like a typical parent and consumer, each time one of his daughters learned to ride a bicycle and requested her own pink model. Similar bikes of other colors were lower priced, but try explaining that to a child. "When you shop for a special design or a pink color, you signal to the manufacturer a willingness to pay more," Kannan says. "So they take advantage."

Jun 01, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

Since the global financial crisis, “active” fund managers — stock pickers looking to beat the market — have lost ground to their “passive“ counterparts, as investors shun stock pickers amid concerns over bad performance and high fees. Smith School finance professor Russell Wermers compares the situation to the shark-prey relationship. "We need both in the water to make the world go round properly," he says.

May 31, 2016
Community

On May 6, 2016, full-time MBA students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the sixth annual “Smith’s Got Talent” variety show. Over the years, the show has become a highlight of the spring semester for Smith Terps. Some years there is more talent than others, but everyone always has a great time. The event perfectly showcases the tight-knit community of Smith MBA students at UMD.

May 26, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

Apple CEO Tim Cook is back from a weeklong visit to India, which the company hopes will be its next major growth center, now that China is cooling. But the company, which has only about 2 percent of the Indian smartphone market today, faces a host of challenges, explains Smith School professor Gary A. Cohen. These range from a lower-income consumer base than exists in China, to regulatory hurdles, to a host of

May 26, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

Lines at some airports have gotten nightmarish as travelers head into the summer's first holiday weekend. As a result, two U.S. senators have called on airlines to stop charging fees for checked bags as a way to reduce the burden on TSA screeners. Research from Smith School professor Martin Dresner at three Washington-Baltimore airports show how baggage fees do indeed significantly change consumer behavior.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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