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 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

November 16, 2023
A Global Perspective on Emerging Technologies

Organized and co-sponsored by nine universities across the country including the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Lightning Talks is a series of virtual discussions covering business resilience and how businesses can prepare for future global shocks.

Read News Story : A Global Perspective on Emerging Technologies
November 8, 2023
UMD Honors Smith Scholars, Their Faculty Mentors

Senior undergraduates Siri Rao, Alexis Reyes and Gregory Rosario represent the Robert H. Smith School of Business as 2023-2024 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars. The trio are among 20 University of Maryland students who were recognized with their faculty and K-12 -teacher mentors in a ceremony on Nov. 3. 2023. 

Read News Story : UMD Honors Smith Scholars, Their Faculty Mentors
November 7, 2023
Smith Partners with State, U.S. Small Business Administration to Honor Military Veteran Small Businesses

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted government, civic, and business leaders at a celebration in Van Munching Hall on Nov. 1 honoring veteran-owned businesses and the impact they have in the state of Maryland and beyond.

Read News Story : Smith Partners with State, U.S. Small Business Administration to Honor Military Veteran Small Businesses
November 2, 2023
Smith School Hosts Fifth-Annual Steamboat Institute Campus Liberty Tour Debate
Addressing grand challenges requires expanding viewpoints, seeking out new perspectives and engaging in rigorous dialogue. To do that, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business once again welcomed the Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour to campus.
Read News Story : Smith School Hosts Fifth-Annual Steamboat Institute Campus Liberty Tour Debate
October 6, 2023
Center for Global Business: Cultivating a Global Perspective Through a Diverse Student Staff

The Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is more than just a center for global programs; it reflects the university's commitment to instilling global perspectives in its students.

Read News Story : Center for Global Business: Cultivating a Global Perspective Through a Diverse Student Staff
September 28, 2023
Center for Global Business Events Open Doors to International Business Careers

Having a ‘global’ career doesn’t have to mean moving abroad, and the Careers Crossing Borders event series at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is helping students recognize how those opportunities might instead be right at their doorstep.

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September 20, 2023
Smith School No 11 (Publics) in U.S. News and World Report's 2024 Undergraduate Business Program Ranking

Read News Story : Smith School No 11 (Publics) in U.S. News and World Report's 2024 Undergraduate Business Program Ranking
September 11, 2023
28 Companies, 50 students: A Look Back at CGB’s 2023 Summer Experiential Opportunities

The Center for Global Business offers a full slate of experiential opportunities for Smith School students in all programs, focused on various areas of global business.

Read News Story : 28 Companies, 50 students: A Look Back at CGB’s 2023 Summer Experiential Opportunities
September 11, 2023
Center for Global Business Welcomes 21 Exchange Students and Sends 12 Smith Students Abroad

This fall semester, the Center for Global Business welcomed 21 incoming exchange students to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, providing them with invaluable study abroad opportunities.

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August 21, 2023
Smith Business Leadership Fellows Take Stock After First Year
Addressing tomorrow’s grand business challenges begins with preparation in the classroom today. And that’s what students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have been doing through the Smith Business Leadership Fellows Program.
Read News Story : Smith Business Leadership Fellows Take Stock After First Year
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