Centers & Initiatives

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

At the Smith School 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 Artificial Intelligence in Business

The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Business pioneers AI research and outreach. With a focus on human judgment and creativity, it fosters safe, innovative products and services through intentional AI-enabled design and governance frameworks.

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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 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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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 the Smith School, 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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Smith Enterprise Risk Consortium

Corporate risk officers are grappling with a host of nontraditional risks associated with and ranging from cyber to climate. The Smith Enterprise Risk Consortium recognizes these emerging risks and endeavors to address them through research, tools and education.

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News

May 20, 2024
President’s E Award to Smith’s Center for Global Business
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the 2024 President’s “E” Award for Export Service to the University of Maryland's Smith School Center for Global Business for its outstanding contributions to expanding U.S. business in international markets.
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May 10, 2024
M&T Bank x CSVC Case Competition Sees Graduate Students Promote Financial Inclusion Solutions
University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business students are pioneering advancements in the banking sector, focusing on community development and financial inclusion. In the M&T Bank x CSVC Case Competition, teams presented scholarly solutions, utilizing technology and partnerships for enhanced banking engagement.
Read News Story : M&T Bank x CSVC Case Competition Sees Graduate Students Promote Financial Inclusion Solutions
May 9, 2024
Global Grant Brings the World to the Smith School Through PM Simulation Update
University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business enhances project management education through a #KeepGlobalSmith grant. Associate Clinical Professor Paul Shapiro updates a simulation, integrating international business dynamics, benefiting over a thousand students across 35 courses.
Read News Story : Global Grant Brings the World to the Smith School Through PM Simulation Update
May 8, 2024
Smith’s New Coil Initiative Is Bringing Global Experiential Learning Into the Classroom
Smith COIL Faculty Fellows, funded by federal grants, innovates business education by connecting University of Maryland students with peers abroad through COIL. Led by Rebecca Bellinger, this initiative pioneers collaborative online learning for global business courses, shaping the future of education.
Read News Story : Smith’s New Coil Initiative Is Bringing Global Experiential Learning Into the Classroom
May 2, 2024
Chronic Disease Management App Takes Top Honors at Pitch Dingman
Journiy, led by critical care nurse Mildred Diggs, wins $25,000 in the University of Maryland's Pitch Dingman Competition for its culturally conscious platform aiding diabetes and heart disease management. Diggs aims to bridge healthcare gaps with tailored care plans.
Read News Story : Chronic Disease Management App Takes Top Honors at Pitch Dingman
April 29, 2024
CSVC: Inaugural Inter-fraternity Pledging Case Competition a ‘Resounding Success’
Smith undergraduate students from four business fraternities competed in the inaugural Inter-fraternity Pledging Case Competition at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Judges from SECU Credit Union evaluated financial literacy-based solutions to community issues. The event hailed as a success by CSVC Director Nima Farshchi, showcased experiential learning and social…
Read News Story : CSVC: Inaugural Inter-fraternity Pledging Case Competition a ‘Resounding Success’
April 26, 2024
The Smith Analytics Consortium’s Annual Datathon Breaks Another Record
The 5th Annual Datathon, hosted by the Smith Analytics Consortium, engaged 370 students in 53 teams, marking a new participation record. The event, aligned with Smith's Strategic Plan, fostered interdisciplinary collaboration and included students from various academic backgrounds.
Read News Story : The Smith Analytics Consortium’s Annual Datathon Breaks Another Record
April 25, 2024
Economics Student Receives CGB PhD International Research Award
The Center for Global Business awards Chan Kim, a fifth-year Economics PhD student at the University of Maryland, for his pioneering research on U.S. firms' R&D strategies in the face of globalization. Kim's work explores the shift from research to development and its impact on innovation and competitiveness.
Read News Story : Economics Student Receives CGB PhD International Research Award
April 24, 2024
From Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Smith Graduate Students Compete in Global Case Competitions
In April 2024, the Center for Global Business (CGB) supported Robert H. Smith School of Business graduate students in two key case competitions. The IBESCC in Los Angeles focused on sustainable practices, while the NASBITE event in Las Vegas tackled complex global business issues, showcasing CGB's dedication to student success.
Read News Story : From Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Smith Graduate Students Compete in Global Case Competitions
April 18, 2024
Smith Alumni Share Experiences in Global Business
Discover global career insights with the Center for Global Business (CGB) Careers Crossing Borders series. Smith School alumni share expertise from diverse sectors, guiding future leaders. Learn language skills and cultural understanding essentials from industry pros like Jasmine Brown and William Chernicoff. Unlock your global potential today. Explore CGB events online.
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