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

December 17, 2021
Innovating and Collaborating Globally at Maryland Smith
Students returned to in-person classrooms this fall, but one Maryland Smith class broke the boundaries of geography by collaborating (virtually) with students from Elisava University School, the Design and Engineering College of Universitat de Vic, Spain.
Read News Story : Innovating and Collaborating Globally at Maryland Smith
December 9, 2021
CGB and Maryland-Based Global Companies Offer Real-World Business Lessons
This fall, the Center for Global Business (CGB) partnered with three companies to bring live cases into the classroom. These cases, presented by Ellicott Dredges, United Source One, and Get Real Health, gave students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a practical challenge while learning about the complexity of international business.
Read News Story : CGB and Maryland-Based Global Companies Offer Real-World Business Lessons
December 3, 2021
Maryland Smith Students Provide Social Impact for Brazilian Companies
This fall, the Center for Global Business (CGB) partnered with campusb, an organization specializing in international education transcending classroom walls and geographical boundaries, to bring the Positive Impact Internship to Maryland Smith undergraduate students.
Read News Story : Maryland Smith Students Provide Social Impact for Brazilian Companies
November 30, 2021
CHIDS Leads AI/ML Training Efforts in a $50M NIH Award
The Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business was selected as a key contributor in a $50 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a new effort to enhance diversity in artificial intelligence and machine learning research and initiatives. NIH’s Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning…
Read News Story : CHIDS Leads AI/ML Training Efforts in a $50M NIH Award
November 23, 2021
Alumni Panelists Share Their Outlook for Global Business
Four alumni from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offered their perspectives on global business during the event, “Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series: Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace,” describing what they expect work to look like in a post-COVID-19 world, and offering advice to current students.
Read News Story : Alumni Panelists Share Their Outlook for Global Business
November 22, 2021
Alumni Speak on Being Black in Global Business
Maryland Smith alumni shared their thoughts this week as part of the “Passion for Diversity Dialogue Series: Black and Abroad” panel discussion. The virtual event was hosted by the Center for Global Business in partnership with the MBA Association and Black MBA Association, as part of a weeklong lineup of events marking International Education Week.
Read News Story : Alumni Speak on Being Black in Global Business
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
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 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 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
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