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Aug 12, 2015

Software firm Adobe announced this week it will expand its family paid-leave benefits -- including up to six months for birth mothers. This follows Netflix announcing up to 12 months of leave for employees who are new parents. The trend has emerged despite the lack of mandatory parental leave laws in the United States. Smith School professor Peter Morici discusses the pros and cons of the hands-off approach with

Aug 12, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Google set the business world abuzz Monday by announcing a reorganization: Google's founders will now head a new entity called Alphabet, a holding company whose holdings include — Google. Does this "relegate" Internet search to "subsidiary status" at the company, as one report put it? Not really, except in the most literal and technical sense. "What they did is absolutely and totally logical," says Smith School professor

Aug 12, 2015

Twitter can be a brutal world for customer-service workers, since complaints get aired not just with great vitriol but also very publicly. All companies take virtual punches to the gut, and they have to decide how to respond.  "I am so sick of @ATT not working!" "Sitting on the Tarmac at DFW waiting for a gate! Late again #americanairlines." New research from Smith School professor Liye Ma finds that intervening to

Aug 11, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is happy to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Aug 11, 2015

The Obama administration is taking aim at a job killer that doesn't get a lot of attention: Excessive occupational licensing. Not the sexiest topic, granted, but livelihoods are made or dashed by it — and it's an area where the president is finding common ground with conservatives. Smith School professor Siva Viswanathan challenges the notion that licensing is even the best way to protect consumers from incompetent

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