A Silicon Valley startup called the Minerva Project has put traditional colleges and universities on notice. Minerva students live together in rental housing and engage in experiential learning, but they don’t go to lectures or take final exams. “Higher education doesn’t work well anymore,” the system’s founder says. However, an initiative at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests that established institutions can adapt and similarly innovate.
Yahoo announced last week that it would be laying off 15 percent of its 11,000-person workforce, as the company seeks a profitable way forward. By the end of the cuts, the company will employ 42 percent fewer people than it did in 2012. But you'll never hear CEO Marissa Mayer use the word "layoff." The New York Times reports that Mayer forbids her managers to use the word, prodding them to say instead that Yahoo is "remixing"
Twenty students from the University of Maryland traveled to South Africa over winter break, Jan. 4-17, 2016, in partnership with the University of Cape Town's SHAWCO-Centre for Entrepreneurship. This is the second year that students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business have participated in this global learning experience.
A feminine care brand sponsoring a football telecast might seem odd. But the Proctor and Gamble Always "Like A Girl" commercial that aired during the 2015 Super Bowl illustrated the crossover potential of advertising’s biggest stage. Smith Marketing professor Hank Boyd looks at 50 years of Super Bowl ads and identifies 10 winning themes.
ChemChina’s $43 billion bid to take over Swiss seed and pesticide maker Syngenta and similar deals "should be rejected" until “China genuinely opens itself to foreign investment,” says Smith School economist Peter Morici. Syngenta generates about a quarter of its revenue from North America. Read more...