Centers & Initiatives

Pioneering business research can prepare students to be transformational business leaders, and equip companies to transform themselves and their markets.

At Maryland Smith we have created a cluster of Centers of Excellence that serve as the intersection of scholarship and the marketplace, putting breakthrough research at the service of students and companies. Each of our centers immerses our students in complex and evolving marketplaces in which success depends on critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship. 

We have also added exciting new Initiatives to further augment the learning experience, align with industry and government trends, and chart the future of business.

Centers

Center for Excellence in Service

The Center for Excellence in Service (CES) is an academic research center with a network of Smith faculty members who are thought leaders in service marketing and management. 

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Center for Financial Policy
Center for Financial Policy

The Center for Financial Policy leverages the Smith School’s world-renowned faculty, leading research, and proximity to Washington, D.C. to promote a collaborative exchange of ideas on the key issues that affect financial markets.

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Center for Global Business

The Center for Global Business (CGB) is the driver of internationalization and global mindset education at the Smith School and a preferred partner for international commerce in the state of Maryland, specifically in regard to training and supporting students, companies, and current and future business leaders to engage successfully in global business.

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Center for Health Information & Decision Systems
Center for Health Information & Decision Systems

The Center for Health Information & Decision Systems (CHIDS) works in collaboration with industry, clinical and government partners to develop solutions to the challenges surrounding the design, adoption and integration of information technologies into the healthcare system.  

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Center for Social Value Creation

The Center for Social Value Creation embodies a passionate mission: to educate, engage and empower the Smith community and the world through thought-provoking dialogue, thought leadership, and hands-on experience.

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Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime
Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime

The Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime (C-BERC) at the University of Maryland is the first of its kind to formally link Business with Criminology in an effort to scientifically confront, assess, evaluate, and develop best practices in areas related to the center.

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Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

At the Dingman Center, we create an inclusive environment where we educate, empower and equip students with the business skills needed to be an entrepreneur and the resources necessary to make their business ideas a reality.

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Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets

The guiding principle for the Ed Snider Center is that social progress is born of free and creative individuals who, driven by self-motivation, passion, and a positive approach to trading value for value, make the world a better place. 

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Supply Chain Management Center

The Supply Chain Management Center at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is dedicated to conducting research and education designed to further the discipline of supply chain management.

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Initiatives

Smith Analytics Consortium

Expanding understanding of business analytics and relevant careers, the Robert H. Smith School of Business runs the Smith Analytics Consortium (SAC). A partnership between industry and Smith’s diverse, inclusive community, the Consortium serves as a central hub for networking, thought leadership, experiential learning, co-curricular activities and collaboration opportunities enhancing the Smith student experience and giving back to the business community.

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Initiative for Veteran Lifelong Leadership
Initiative for Veteran Lifelong Leadership

Promoting veterans as strategic assets for a united economy.

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Future of Government Management Initiative

The imperatives facing America's government and market leaders have rarely overlapped with the complexity they do today. At Maryland Smith, we aim to help with new programs and partnerships to promote the future of U.S. public-private talent, training, and research.

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News

September 27, 2022
‘Maryland Business Adapts’ Honors Innovative Exporters’ Pandemic Pivots
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world faced unprecedented pressure to safely maintain their operations. Many struggled, but five Maryland-based exporting companies have shared how they rose to the challenge.
Read News Story : ‘Maryland Business Adapts’ Honors Innovative Exporters’ Pandemic Pivots
September 23, 2022
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Names Three 2022-23 Terp Startup Fellows
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce its fourth cohort of the Terp Startup Fellows program, made possible by a generous donation from Dingman Center Board Member Bill Boyle '81.
Read News Story : The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Names Three 2022-23 Terp Startup Fellows
September 22, 2022
UMD Smith and Deloitte Launch Initiative to Expand AI Study and Outreach Opportunities
The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (UMD) has joined Deloitte to launch the Deloitte Initiative for AI and Learning (DIAL), an artificial intelligence (AI) research initiative to help expand learning and development opportunities for faculty and students across the university’s various colleges.
Read News Story : UMD Smith and Deloitte Launch Initiative to Expand AI Study and Outreach Opportunities
September 16, 2022
Study Abroad Exchange Programs Are Kicking Off in Fall 2022
This fall, the Center for Global Business welcomed 36 incoming exchange students to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and for the first time since spring 2020, exchange programs have almost completely returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Read News Story : Study Abroad Exchange Programs Are Kicking Off in Fall 2022
September 12, 2022
Maryland Smith Students Partner with Maryland Companies through Center for Global Business Summer Programs
This summer, Maryland Smith students solved international business problems for Maryland companies through two programs offered by the Center for Global Business – the Marketing Maryland Virtual Internship Program and the Maryland Global Consulting Program. These programs provided students the opportunity to develop professional skills, and expand their work experience by applying their classroom…
Read News Story : Maryland Smith Students Partner with Maryland Companies through Center for Global Business Summer Programs
September 7, 2022
Smith, UMD Experts to Discuss New Approach to Quantifying Financial Impacts of Climate Change
Experts from the University of Maryland and the investment management firm Conning will discuss a new approach to modeling climate risk to financial markets, in a free webinar at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, hosted by the Center for Financial Policy (CFP) at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Read News Story : Smith, UMD Experts to Discuss New Approach to Quantifying Financial Impacts of Climate Change
September 1, 2022
John Bono: Smith Analytics Consortium’s New Co-Director
John Bono has been appointed as co-director of the Smith Analytics Consortium. In his new role, he works with current co-director Wedad Elmaghraby to continue the consortium's excellence, focusing on its primary purpose of connecting UMD students and faculty with industry sponsors.
Read News Story : John Bono: Smith Analytics Consortium’s New Co-Director
August 18, 2022
Students Showcase Analytics Skills in Annual Consortium Datathon Sponsored by Deloitte

On April 19, 2022, the Smith Analytics Consortium proudly kicked off its third annual Datathon sponsored by Deloitte, one of the consortium’s closest industry sponsors.

Read News Story : Students Showcase Analytics Skills in Annual Consortium Datathon Sponsored by Deloitte
August 18, 2022
Smith’s Alpha Kappa Psi Chapter Draws Multiple Top Honors

The Maryland Smith chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi drew multiple accolades at the world’s largest business fraternity’s 2022 Convention, held August 3-6 in Miami. The Smith chapter, represented by President Jean Han (’23) and Director of Pledge Education Ayman Bootwala (’24), received Outstanding Programming awards in the categories of Knowledge, Integrity and Unity.

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July 13, 2022
Maryland Smith Donors Recognized at Inaugural Dean’s Circle Celebration

On April 28, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomed alums and supporters back to College Park for the inaugural celebration of the Dean’s Circle – a recognition society for individuals who have invested over $100,000 toward Maryland Smith in their lifetime.

Read News Story : Maryland Smith Donors Recognized at Inaugural Dean’s Circle Celebration
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