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Feed your intellect with guest columns, research summaries and news analyses from Smith Brain Trust. Then tell us what you think in the comments section below each article.

Oct 31, 2019
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It wasn’t the most talked-about hearing on Capitol Hill this week, but for workers across the economy, the topic was vital.

Evan Starr, assistant professor of management and organization at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, testified Tuesday before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, about competition in labor markets.

Starr is one of the country’s leading experts on labor market competition, specifically the use of noncompete clauses. Under those clauses, employees are restricted from changing jobs within their industry or breaking out to start a company on their own.

Jan 28, 2019
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has appointed professor Wendy W. Moe as associate dean of master’s programs. In her new role she will serve on the dean’s senior leadership team and oversee all MBA and specialty master’s programs.

Dec 18, 2018
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The first company that entrepreneur Jason Cohen ’96 launched was Mamma Says, a small but successful food manufacturing company that tucked a tiny bit of advice into every packaged biscotti. Like this one: “When your ship comes in, make sure you’re not waiting at the airport.”

It’s one of Cohen’s favorite sayings, he told graduates Wednesday at the winter commencement ceremony for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and it has stayed with him for nearly 20 years.

“The point of this is that luck only happens day after day when you are at bat. Sitting at home and complaining or watching what other people are doing is not being at bat. Now it's time for you to be at bat and make your own luck,” he told graduates.

May 30, 2018
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business proudly presents its 15th annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, as recommended by faculty members. The 2018 edition covers everything from blind spots in statistics to the power of habit. Smith School professor Nicole M. Coomber recommends “How to Have a Good Day,” by Caroline Webb. “In this book Webb walks you through a number of science-based techniques to have better days at work,” Coomber says. Visit Smith Brain Trust for the full Summer Reading List for Business Leaders…

Dec 07, 2017
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Lawrence Gordon, EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business discussed the Gordon-Loeb Model for Cybersecurity Investments at the University of Tokyo on Nov. 20, 2017. 

Dec 06, 2017
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Researchers Produce First Statistical Evidence that Certain Cyber Practices Can Reduce Specific Breaches

With cyberattacks on U.S. companies and customers proliferating in 2017,  Supply Chain Management Center researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have developed and effectively tested a process for organizations across all industries — for the first time — to self-assess their cybersecurity needs and vulnerabilities.

Sep 27, 2017
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SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Leaders who search for ways to motivate their teams are focusing on the wrong thing, BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King said Sept. 26, 2017, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. "I can't motivate you," he said. "You can't motivate anyone else."

King said effective leaders focus instead on teaching beliefs, so people can govern themselves regardless of their motivation. At BB&T this means acceptance of 10 corporate values, which emphasize a growth mindset. "I teach beliefs," King said. "That's what I do."

Jul 31, 2017
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Maybe those sky-high CEO salaries aren't an entirely bad thing. For years, critics have charged that the vast and widening gap between the pay packages for chief executives and a company's average employee (commonly referred to as the CEO pay ratio) is a moral failing on society. Others have claimed that it reflects a weak corporate governance structure, blaming boards of directors for heaping needlessly large compensation packets into the laps of top executives, at the expense of company productivity and profitability. New research suggests otherwise. Read more...

Jul 12, 2017
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Computer servers.Information technology is often credited for its role in helping companies cut costs. However, new research by the Smith School's Sunil Mithas shows that information technology actually creates increased global profits through increased revenue, not through cost cuts. Read more...

Jun 19, 2017
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Ever wonder how the Terminator would do picking stocks? Researchers at the Smith School might have the answer. Working with 900,000 financial news articles and a neural network, the researchers found they could predict stock returns for up to 13 weeks. Studies have long shown that share prices quickly respond to stock splits, earnings releases and other company news. Historically, prices responded to numerical information, such as revenue data or earnings per share. "And yet most information is textual. It's words. It's newspaper articles and financial press wires," says Smith School finance professor Steve Heston, who authored the study with Smith PhD graduate Nitish R. Sinha. And that led Heston and Sinha to ask the...

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