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Aug 23, 2017
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Departing General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt is a household name to investors on Wall Street, while Uber, scandal-ridden and operating at loss, reportedly is positioning for an initial public offering. This week's news that Immelt is Uber's new-CEO frontrunner caught some observers off-guard. But others, including Smith School professors Brent Goldfarb and David Kass, see the rationale. Goldfarb...

Jul 28, 2017
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Even as our social media identities become more tightly interwoven in many aspects of our lives, when it comes to our job searches, should our postings and profiles be off-limits? Regulators in the European Union are recommending that companies ban the practice of scrutinizing the social media accounts of their job applicants, while here in the United States, human resources industry experts are similarly recommending...

Jul 19, 2017
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BBCThe BBC's "Doctor Who" series has long embraced the idea of change. It's been written into the script for years, with the timelord protagonist's biological ability for regeneration and new incarnations. Now the series is preparing for what is perhaps its most striking transformation. For the first time in the British sci-fi series' 54-year history, the Doctor will be portrayed by a woman. Experts at the Smith School share...

Jul 16, 2017
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For Volvo, the decision to introduce only hybrid or all-electric vehicles starting in 2019 is about going green. But it's also about making green; changing the story that Volvo has been selling to investors. It's about stealing some limelight from Tesla, and potentially about positioning the Sweden-based automaker for a possible initial public offering, says the Smith School's David A. Kirsch. It's about branding Volvo as a...

Jun 29, 2017
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The White HouseWhen Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited with President Donald Trump this week, much of the coverage was about the Rose Garden handshake-turned-hug. But visit contained far more substance, from terrorism to trade to visas. Experts from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business were watching closely. They offer the following insights....

Jun 16, 2017
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The U.S. grocery industry is bracing for a shakeup, and a potential price war, as one German supermarket chain seeks to make its debut and another looks to expand its reach. German grocery chain Aldi says it will invest $3.4 billion to broaden its U.S. footprint, adding 900 new stores by 2022. German rival Lidl, meanwhile, is opening its first U.S. stores this month, with plans to open 100 by next summer. The added competition in...

Jun 14, 2017
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It's an idea that has, at various points, had support from both major political parties. And it's already been done in many major industrialized countries. So what's so difficult about privatizing air traffic control here in the United States? Nearly everything, says the Smith School's Michael Ball. Air traffic control has long been government-run for several reasons. There's the fact that it involves the use of...

Jun 14, 2017
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the 14th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders for 2017, as recommended by faculty members.

Jun 14, 2017
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What happens to a company when a CEO takes a leave of absence? It's a question Uber Technologies must now face, as chief executive Travis Kalanick begins a hiatus of unspecified length from the $68-billion ride-hailing company he co-founded. The embattled CEO announced this week he would stepping down temporarily, citing the need to work on his own leadership skills and to grieve the recent death of his mother. At the same...

Jun 12, 2017
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Americans are known to be good at many things. Vacationing isn't one of them. Year after year, workplace surveys reveal that millions of American workers failed to take their allotted vacation days. And increasingly, the overriding reason is fear. In 2016, 54 percent of Americans ended the year with unused vacation days, according to a survey from the U.S. Travel Association's Project Time Off. The Smith School's J...

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