Current CGB Research Initiatives

Global Pulse

The Global Pulse is a short, 2-3 minute video series released on Wednesdays featuring Maryland Smith faculty who break down a trending global topic and why it matters to you.

If you're interested in being featured on an upcoming video or would like to propose a topic to discuss, please contact Marina Augoustidis at

Latest Episode

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence have expanded the potential real-world impact of the technology. Professor of Decision, Operations, & Information Technology, Balaji Padmanabhan, discusses the steps global powers are taking in order to implement this technology to improve processes in education, medicine, and government.

The Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series

The Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series presents the latest trends in international business and provokes conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, policy experts, and business executives. Recent speakers include the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, UN secretary-general of climate change, and the secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce among others.

The Center for Global Business Annual Forum

The Center for Global Business’ Annual Forum is an event occurring every spring that brings together distinguished voices from the academic, policy, diplomatic, and business communities to speak on a different theme each year.


The Rise of New Economic Powers and America’s Future by Dr. Kislaya Prasad, research professor and academic director of the Center for Global Business, released in early 2020 is a commemorative record of the Center’s Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) series that was held from 2011 to 2018. The EMF series and this book were supported in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Over the course of the eight years, EMF featured over 110 prominent speakers from organizations and companies such as the Brookings Institution, World Bank, Ford Motor Company, and Tata Communications.

According to Prasad, “readers of the book will find answers to questions such as: What role women are playing in the economic transformation in emerging markets? Is Africa an attractive place for U.S. companies to do business? What does India bring to the table?”

In keeping with the Title VI CIBE mission of making international business resources widely accessible, the Center will make the book available to faculty, educational institutions, and other organizations as the content remains timely and relevant in understanding the impact of emerging markets on international and U.S. business.

In May 2016, the Center for Global Business organized a program for business faculty from the U.S. to study in Cuba. It was a fascinating moment in Cuba’s history - diplomatic relations had just been re-established with the U.S., there was a surge in U.S. travelers to the island, fundamental economic reforms were underway, and Cuba was readying itself for a generational transition in leadership. The goal of the program was to develop a better understanding of the working of the Cuban economy, focusing on new business prospects created by economic reforms and changes in U.S. policy.

The group visited numerous economic enterprises, attended lectures given by eminent scholars and business executives (both Cuban and European), and got a chance to view the economy close up. Participants brought diverse expertise and disciplinary perspectives to the program, and this volume brings together their reactions to the changes underway in Cuba. The range of topics covered include conspicuous consumption, leisure, agricultural productivity, business education, innovation and entrepreneurship, grey market activities, worker cooperatives, the housing market, operations management, and economic development. The contributors do not attempt to be exhaustive but to convey what they found to be important and interesting. The collection is a record, at a unique time, of a society and economy in transition.


Through the Title VI CIBE grant, the Center for Global Business funds PhD research that advances our understanding of the international context in which business is conducted. We are particularly interested in research proposals that align with the congressionally mandated CIBE mission of contributing to: (a) the internationalization of business disciplines, and/or (b) the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses. We would welcome proposals on international themes from any of the business functional areas.


Abhay Grover, a PhD Candidate in the department of Logistics, Business, and Public Policy, conducts research at the intersection of public policies, operations, and supply chain management as it relates to the agri-food industry.


Ariel Rava, a PhD Candidate in the department of accounting and information assurance, conducts research on how global supply chains are affected by political risk, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine.


Roxanne Jaffe, a PhD candidate in the department of management and organization, conducts research on global strategy, location choice, and international business, from an economics perspective. Jaffe also specifically looks at international data on micro-mobility expansion behavior, to better understand firm internationalization in new industries.


Audra Wormald, a PhD candidate specializing in strategic management and entrepreneurship, conducts research to better understand the role startups play in the emergence and growth of a new industry by analyzing their internationalization decisions. The specific research questions of interest are: how do startups become multinationals? What role does human capital play in firms' decisions to internationalize?


Sabari Karmegam of the Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies, conducts research on how the adoption of the mobile channel on matrimonial platforms has affected the efficacy of the matching process and the associated outcomes in India.

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