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

April 13, 2022
Looking at Ethics Through a Political Lens

Ethics and politics aren’t terms that we often associate with each other. However, Congressman Jamie Raskin, US Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, is optimistic that, through constitutional patriotism and going back to our democratic roots, we can change that.

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April 11, 2022
Six UMD Student Startups Named Finalists at 2022 Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals

On April 8, 2022, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at Maryland Smith hosted the semifinals round of Pitch Dingman Competition in the Tyser Auditorium of Van Munching Hall.

Read News Story : Six UMD Student Startups Named Finalists at 2022 Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals
April 7, 2022
Why I Give: A Gift of Time, Expertise and Financial Support
After 17 years in venture capital, Jennifer Hsin ’98 knows a thing or two about good investments. And she has her sights set on a new one: Maryland Smith students and entrepreneurs. 
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March 29, 2022
The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Announces Its Inaugural Spring 2022 Cohort

The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator is pleased to announce that it has accepted eight ventures into its inaugural Spring 2022 cohort.

Read News Story : The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Announces Its Inaugural Spring 2022 Cohort
March 23, 2022
CHITA 2022: Using AI to Improve Healthcare Without Introducing New Biases
Healthcare is in the midst of an AI-driven transformation, but a lot of work is needed to realize AI’s potential work in real world settings while simultaneously minimizing undesirable outcomes. From March 4-5, 2022, over 100 researchers attended the 12th annual Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA) in Washington D.C., hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (…
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March 4, 2022
Maryland Smith’s Rossi Selected for FDA Committee

Maryland Smith finance professor Clifford Rossi has been selected by the Food and Drug Administration to serve on its Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacol

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March 2, 2022
Smith Study Selected for Part of $3M in Seed Grants for Collaborative Research
A study co-led by Maryland Smith’s Ritu Agarwal to improve clinical decision making in the treatment of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome has been selected among projects for $3 million in new grants through the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (MPower) to address “critical areas of paramount importance to the state and the nation.”
Read News Story : Smith Study Selected for Part of $3M in Seed Grants for Collaborative Research
March 2, 2022
‘Maryland Business Adapts’ Event To Celebrate Pandemic-Era Pivots
Center for Global Business at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to Host Second Annual Event Recognizing Maryland-based Global Businesses for Innovative Pandemic-Era Pivots.
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February 25, 2022
Eleven Teams Compete in the Second Annual Ace the Case Global Business Challenge
For the second year, the Center for Global Business at Maryland Smith, the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and the Florida International University’s Center for International Business Education and Research partnered to facilitate the Ace the Case Global Business Challenge.
Read News Story : Eleven Teams Compete in the Second Annual Ace the Case Global Business Challenge
February 24, 2022
For Students, a Day for Embassies and Global Thinking
Embassy Day, a two-part event of the Smith Start experience and the first introduction to a global mindset as a Maryland Smith student, invites freshmen and transfer students to meet diplomatic representatives in embassies throughout Washington, D.C., and to learn more about the respective countries. This year, 15 countries participated and met virtually with over 100 students.
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