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

February 2, 2023
The Maryland Global Consulting Program, “An Ultimate Experience”

The Center for Global Business offers students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business the opportunity to apply the skills they have developed in the classroom to real-world consulting projects.

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January 25, 2023
Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Expands to USM Schools

After hosting nearly a decade of “Shark Tank”-style student pitch competitions, the University of Maryland Robert H.

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December 19, 2022
Smith Students Work with Brazilian Companies on Socially Impactful Cases
For another semester, the Center for Global Business partnered with campus b to bring the Positive Impact Internship - Brazil program to undergraduate students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Campus b is an organization dedicated to developing meaningful and inclusive international education programs, and the Positive Impact Internship program allows students…
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December 16, 2022
25 Maryland Smith Professors Named Among Top 2% Worldwide

A study of the world’s top researchers identifies 24 from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in the top 2% of the most-cited scholars and scientists worldwide.

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December 9, 2022
International Education Week Back in Person in 2022

International Education Week (IEW) was back in person in 2022 for the Smith community during the week of November 14-18. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”

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December 8, 2022
Robert H. Smith School of Business’ Center for Social Value Creation Identifies Six Ways Companies Can Drive Environmental, Social Change
The Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business published an extensive report on the most effective strategies for driving environmental and social value creation (ESVC). The report sets out a new framework for understanding how companies, across nine industries, can generate meaningful, measurable improvement in environmental and social…
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November 22, 2022
How Tech is Contributing to Global Transportation and Logistics

Lightning Talks is a series of virtual discussions covering business resilience and how businesses can prepare for future global shocks. A series of three installments, the Talks are organized and co-sponsored by nine universities across the country including the University of Maryland and its Robert H.

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November 18, 2022
UMD Climbs in Annual Rankings of Top Schools for Entrepreneurship
The University of Maryland’s longstanding commitment to instill innovation in Terps helped place it among the nation’s top schools for entrepreneurship education in rankings released Nov. 15, by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
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November 7, 2022
Inaugural CGBP Student Pathways Cohort Program Recognizes First Awardee

The Maryland Smith Center for Global Business offered the first iteration of the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Student Pathways Cohort program during the spring 2022 semester.

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November 1, 2022
Several University of Maryland Researchers Meet at Smith to Talk Climate Finance
Supply chain risks from weather and climate, financing infrastructure risk reduction, and how measurement affects management when it comes to climate reporting were among the topics discussed at the Smith School on October 27 and 28, 2022. Roughly 30 participants, including University of Maryland professors, students, and representatives from financial institutions like the World Bank, T. Rowe…
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