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Jun 26, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

The Office of Executive Education at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has launched the Interagency Excellence Series; an open-enrollment program specifically for government employees. The next three-day workshop will be held August 25-27, 2015 and focus on business analytics.

Jun 26, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

The California Labor Commission sided this month with an Uber driver who argued that she should be classified as an employee of the company, not an independent contractor. The decision means the woman is entitled to reimbursement of expenses she incurred driving for Uber for three months last year, some $4,152. In a recent conversation for Knowledge@Wharton, Smith School professor

Jun 26, 2015
Entrepreneurial Spirit

Fitbit is riding high: When the wearable fitness device company went public last month, its stock closed the day 48 percent over its IPO price, which puts the company's value at $4.1 billion. But critics see some vulnerabilities. Smith alumna Elana Fine, managing director of the school's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, shares insights.

Jun 26, 2015
Experiential / Reality-based Learning

Fourteen undergraduate students are in Australia this summer as part of a 10-week program led by Mary Harms, associate clinical professor of marketing. The first two weeks were spent in Melbourne, where the students earned three credits for an upper-level BMGT marketing course. Afterwards, Smith students began working at internships in and around Sydney.

Jun 25, 2015

A recent feud between singer Taylor Swift and Apple should help government regulators realize that digital music is not a public good like electricity. Swift taking Apple Music to task for not paying artists royalties for songs streamed during a three-month free trial attests to the power of a few strong artists to dictate to the channels. It also illustrates free market dynamics, Smith School professor P.K. Kannan

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