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Mar 10, 2016
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In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Paulo Prochno talks about the three fronts converging into a perfect storm for Brazil’s economy.

Feb 29, 2016
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Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School - if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.

Feb 19, 2016
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Professor Anil K. Gupta at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business will join Ratan Tata plus leaders from Google, Airbnb and NextEV in mentoring India tech startups through KStart, an initiative of Bangalore-based VC firm Kalaari Capital.

Feb 17, 2016
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Amazon does it. So do Jimmy John's and many other companies. They require new employees to sign noncompete clauses, a practice now being pushed on low-income workers, limiting their freedom in the labor market. In a recent set of projects, Smith School professor Evan Starr has surveyed some 11,500 U.S. workers about their experiences with noncompetes....

Feb 17, 2016
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Tesla's fourth-quarter loss nearly tripled, to $320.4 million, but many investors remained besotted with the cutting-edge electric car company. Its stock has risen 16 percent since the Feb. 10 earnings announcement. Still, Tesla is burning through cash quickly, and the Smith School's Brent Goldfarb sees a tough road ahead for the Silicon Valley darling....

Feb 10, 2016
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Etsy continues to test the compatibility of a commitment to social responsibility with the demands of Wall Street. Last week, the online shopping site for vintage and handmade goods became the first publicly traded company to be recertified as a "B Corporation" — a designation attesting that a company helps disadvantaged citizens, treats employees well, and is environmentally responsible. But does this put it on a collision...

Feb 05, 2016
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Yahoo announced last week that it would be laying off 15 percent of its 11,000-person workforce, as the company seeks a profitable way forward. By the end of the cuts, the company will employ 42 percent fewer people than it did in 2012. But you'll never hear CEO Marissa Mayer use the word "layoff." The New York Times reports that Mayer forbids her managers to use the word, prodding them to say instead that Yahoo is "remixing"...

Feb 03, 2016
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How does one tactfully communicate in the workplace with a grieving colleague? "The mistake most people make is ignoring it as if it didn’t occur," Joyce E. A. Russell, the Smith School's Senior Associate Dean, tells Mashable. "We are afraid we are going to say the wrong thing or set them off into this tailspin of crying." Read more......

Jan 06, 2016
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American car companies sold more vehicles in 2015 than ever before, with sales boosted by low gas prices and a recovering economy — a remarkable turnaround from the recession years. But at the same time, GM is placing a bet on the industry's next phase: It has announced an investment of $500 million in Lyft, the No. 2 car-hailing service (after Uber). This is the first time a car company has directly invested in either Lyft...

Dec 13, 2015
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If China hopes to close in on Silicon Valley as an innovation hub, the emerging economy will need to improve its reputation for intellectual property protection, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says. He outlined the main issues during a recent Asia Society conference. Read more...

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