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Life After Dow Jones for General Electric

Although General Electric has had the longest continuous presence of any company on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, its ouster from the index this week after 111 years wasn't an altogether surprising event. David Kass explains. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018
What To Know About the Supreme Court's Sales Tax Decision

In a rare move this week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its own ruling, with a 5-4 decision that allows states to collect sales tax from out-of-state retailers who sell to their in-state residents.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time for a Plastic Revolution?

Images of vast islands of garbage in the oceans and recent revelations that much of the world's recycling isn't being recycled at all have some experts wondering whether society might be heading for a revolution in plastics and packaging.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Why Cuba Is Tripling Its Main Cruise Terminal

Cuba will triple its cruise ship berths at the Old Havana port by 2024. If the news seems surprising, following U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba, it shouldn't, Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
International House Of Confusion

When IHOP announced a temporary name change to IHOb this week, the jeers came quickly on social media. Yes, it was a gimmick. But was it a success? Marketing professors weigh in

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Why the AT&T-Time Warner Decision Is Good News for CVS

A federal judge's decision to allow AT&T's bid for Time Warner to proceed may set the stage for a slew of future so-called vertical megamergers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Yes, You’re Excited About the World Cup

Not excited about the World Cup? Just wait eight years. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Best (and Worst) Ways To Sign an Email

Experts from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business expose the best and worst ways to close a professional email.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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The Soviet Union rattled the United States and triggered a Space Race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik. Back on Earth in 2018, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta sees a different kind of race emerging. "Whether we like it or not, the U.S. and China are in a technology race," he says.

BET Networks executive Donna Blackman applauds the courage of women who speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace. But she is cautious when it comes to giving advice to people who might face retaliation.