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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Smith Analytics Consortium

The mission of the Smith Analytics Consortium is to inspire and facilitate innovation in analytics among students, faculty, and the larger business community by providing opportunities for networking, thought leadership, and collaboration.

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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

November 19, 2021
Ten Global Teams Compete in the Sustainability in Iceland IB Agility Lab
The Center for Global Business held the International Business (IB) Agility Lab: Sustainability in Iceland, November 4 –19, 2021.
Read News Story : Ten Global Teams Compete in the Sustainability in Iceland IB Agility Lab
November 17, 2021
UMD Ranks Among Top 10 Schools for Entrepreneurship for 7th Straight Year
In the 2022 edition of the annual rankings, announced today by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, UMD placed No. 10 for undergraduate entrepreneurship education across all institutions—its seventh consecutive year in the top 10 and 10th straight year in the top 25—and No. 4 among public universities. It was also listed at No. 24 for graduate entrepreneurship education. New this year…
Read News Story : UMD Ranks Among Top 10 Schools for Entrepreneurship for 7th Straight Year
November 17, 2021
Snider, Steamboat Event Debates How To Unlock Opportunities
What is the best pathway to unlock opportunities that will allow Americans to realize their dreams? And is that route lined with government programs or free enterprise? Those questions were at the center of a debate tour recently hosted by Maryland Smith’s Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, in partnership with The Steamboat Institute.
Read News Story : Snider, Steamboat Event Debates How To Unlock Opportunities
November 15, 2021
Femly CEO on Founding a Startup, Finding Success
Arion Long says she’s not just a chief executive officer; she’s also a chief estrogen officer. The founder of Femly, a company that makes plant-based and organic feminine hygiene products, Long visited Maryland Smith to speak with future entrepreneurs, as part of the annual Ladies First Speaker Event.
Read News Story : Femly CEO on Founding a Startup, Finding Success
November 15, 2021
Speaking to Students, Gao Outlines the Power of AI in Healthcare
When we think about AI, we don’t normally picture it evaluating telehealth calls or monitoring patients after surgery. But those are some of the ways that artificial intelligence is transforming healthcare, says Maryland Smith’s Gordon Gao.
Read News Story : Speaking to Students, Gao Outlines the Power of AI in Healthcare
October 29, 2021
Global Teams Compete in the FinTech in Singapore IB Agility Lab

The Center for Global Business held the International Business (IB) Agility Lab: FinTech in Singapore from October 14 - 29, 2021.

Read News Story : Global Teams Compete in the FinTech in Singapore IB Agility Lab
October 27, 2021
Dingman’s Terp Tech Innovators Named to 25 Under 25 List
Broccoli, beef and baby formula are too often out of reach for people living many miles from a grocery store—or lacking a ride to one—forcing them to choose between paying hefty delivery fees or just going without.
Read News Story : Dingman’s Terp Tech Innovators Named to 25 Under 25 List
October 25, 2021
CGB Announces Latest Grants, and a Call for Applications
Maryland Smith’s Center for Global Business recently awarded six faculty grants, as part of its partnership with the CIBE Consortium for Minority-Serving Institutions and Community College (CMCC), and is accepting applications for the next round of grants.
Read News Story : CGB Announces Latest Grants, and a Call for Applications
October 18, 2021
The Shatter Foundation Announces Three Female Founded UMD Ventures as 2021 Grant Recipients

It’s no secret that gender imbalances still exist in many fields, with significant implications in entrepreneurship. According to Harvard Business Review, women-led startups received just 2.3% of venture capital funding in 2020.

Read News Story : The Shatter Foundation Announces Three Female Founded UMD Ventures as 2021 Grant Recipients
October 15, 2021
Wermers Becomes First Paul J. Cinquegrana Chair in Finance

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has named Russ Wermers as the Paul J. Cinquegrana ’63 Endowed Chair in Finance. Named for the late Paul J.

Read News Story : Wermers Becomes First Paul J. Cinquegrana Chair in Finance
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