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

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.
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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.

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February 27, 2023
CGB Offers New Certified Global Business Professional Course This Winter

The Center for Global Business (CGB) offered the first iteration of BMGT499I, the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Student Pathways in International Business course during Winter Term 2022-23.

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February 27, 2023
Hisaoka Speakers Series Event Sees Smith EMBA Alumni Share Successes

Five Executive MBA alumni from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business returned to Van Munching Hall to offer their insights from their entrepreneurial journeys.

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February 22, 2023
Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Returns for its Second Year

Following the success of its inaugural spring 2022 cohort, the Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator is once again ready to help early-stage companies that are developing apps find ways to leverage blockchain technology.

Read News Story : Maryland Smith Blockchain Accelerator Returns for its Second Year
February 16, 2023
Students Go Abroad on Faculty-led, Short-term Programs After a Two Year Break
For the first time since 2020, undergraduate and MBA students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business spent the winter 2023 term participating in faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs. The Center for Global Business (CGB) organized and held five winter programs with destinations across Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Vietnam, and Brazil, focusing on a variety of topics like social…
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February 8, 2023
Expert Shares Five Major Trends to Watch for 2027

Climate change, structural drags on the global economy, data privacy, artificial intelligence and a potential nuclear renaissance.

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February 2, 2023
The Maryland Global Consulting Program, “An Ultimate Experience”

The Center for Global Business offers students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business the opportunity to apply the skills they have developed in the classroom to real-world consulting projects.

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January 25, 2023
Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Expands to USM Schools

After hosting nearly a decade of “Shark Tank”-style student pitch competitions, the University of Maryland Robert H.

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December 19, 2022
Smith Students Work with Brazilian Companies on Socially Impactful Cases
For another semester, the Center for Global Business partnered with campus b to bring the Positive Impact Internship - Brazil program to undergraduate students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Campus b is an organization dedicated to developing meaningful and inclusive international education programs, and the Positive Impact Internship program allows students…
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