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 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 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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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 3, 2023
Center for Global Business Launches Careers Crossing Borders
The Center for Global Business (CGB) at Maryland Smith hosted Careers Crossing Borders: A Dinner Networking Conversation. The event was the first of a two-part opportunity for students to explore and navigate career paths in international business, gain perspective from professionals about their career experiences and leverage their global mindset in their career exploration.
Read News Story : Center for Global Business Launches Careers Crossing Borders
April 24, 2023
Faculty Member Appointed to Maryland House of Delegates
Through courses and workshops, Sarah Wolek ’01 teaches self-leadership and flourishing. The Smith School faculty member helps students work toward full and authentic lives informed by purpose, community, nature and prosperity. As a newly appointed member of Maryland’s House of Delegates, she hopes to do something similar for her constituents in District 16 and residents across the state.
Read News Story : Faculty Member Appointed to Maryland House of Delegates
April 20, 2023
Pitch Dingman Winner Closes the Hood on Labs’ Energy Waste
A digital tool to help the scientific community reduce a major source of energy waste in labs using hazardous chemicals earned a team of Terps the $30,000 grand prize at the 2023 Pitch Dingman Competition on Tuesday.
Read News Story : Pitch Dingman Winner Closes the Hood on Labs’ Energy Waste
April 11, 2023
Announcing the Student Ventures to Compete at Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Finals

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to host Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Finals in one week. On April 18 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, ten finalist teams will be pitching their businesses for a chance to win a piece of over $100,000 in prize money.

Read News Story : Announcing the Student Ventures to Compete at Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Finals
April 7, 2023
Center for Global Business Awards 2023 #KeepGlobalSmith Grant

The Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H.

Read News Story : Center for Global Business Awards 2023 #KeepGlobalSmith Grant
April 7, 2023
UMD Recognizes Smith’s Rajshree Agarwal for Research Excellence
Rajshree Agarwal was recognized for her “insights into how innovation and entrepreneurship impact the evolution of industries, firms, and individuals,” as part of the recent 2023 Maryland Research Excellence Celebration.
Read News Story : UMD Recognizes Smith’s Rajshree Agarwal for Research Excellence
April 4, 2023
Smith Welcomes Spring 2023 Exchange Students

This spring, the Center for Global Business welcomed 35 incoming exchange students to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, while 24 Smith undergraduate students have been settling into business schools abroad. The Center for Global Business has over 20 exchange programs with business schools worldwide.

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March 30, 2023
The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Announces Its Spring 2023 Cohort

The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator is pleased to announce that it has accepted eight ventures into its Spring 2023 cohort.

Read News Story : The Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Announces Its Spring 2023 Cohort
March 29, 2023
Research.com Ranks 17 Maryland Smith Professors Among World’s “Best Scientists”
Research.com named 17 scholars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in its latest “best scientists” ranking. The Smith School ranked No. 4 in the United States and No. 5 worldwide in the 2023 Business and Management university ranking, with 11 scholars on the list.
Read News Story : Research.com Ranks 17 Maryland Smith Professors Among World’s “Best Scientists”
March 17, 2023
The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank: Smith Experts Analyze and Explain It

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank is the second largest bank failure in U.S. history.

Read News Story : The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank: Smith Experts Analyze and Explain It
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