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."
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.
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.
Video gaming, as eSports, is drawing a marketing bonanza thanks to Millennials, who also make any ‘Is it a legit sport?’ debate moot, says Smith School marketing professor Hank Boyd. When Turner Sports transitions from Warriors-Thunder NBA playoff action tonight to its Friday debut on TBS of its own eSports league, it also will showcase Turner’s new 10,000-square-foot arena in Atlanta.
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