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Apr 28, 2017
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How will President Trump's proposed tax plan affect your household? And how will it change the way Americans pay their taxes, run their businesses, and buy homes? Smith School professos Albert "Pete" Kyle and Michael Faulkender have taken a look at the one-page plan, which calls for cutting the business tax rate to 15 percent and includes a one-time tax of unspecified size on dollars held overseas. It calls for reducing the top personal tax rate to 35 percent and preserves incentives for home ownership while proposing eliminating other tax loopholes. Kyle offers up these insights. Read more...

Apr 27, 2017
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Everybody has an opinion. How do you get yours noticed in an organization full of smart, ambitious people? Julius Robinson, who climbed the corporate ladder from part-time wage earner to vice president at Marriott International, shares tips in “Beyond Business,” a podcast series hosted by professor Gary Cohen at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Listen now...

Apr 27, 2017

Madonna isn’t the only one upset this week about an unauthorized biopic. Harvard Business School did what it could to thwart a new book by journalist Duff McDonald, but "The Golden Passport" hit store shelves anyway on Tuesday. McDonald lays out a case for business school malpractice that implicates other institutions. Smith MBA students responded Wednesday with an hour of self-reflection. Read more...

Apr 26, 2017
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The global proportion of women among the planet's billionaires is still shy of 3 percent. That's a slim minority, but the proportion has tripled in the past decade. And as Forbes recently documented, 56 of these women are self-made billionaires. While the percentage remains small, the growth hints at a certain "golden era for female entrepreneurs," Smith School professor J. Gerald Suarez says. Read more...

Apr 19, 2017
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When you envision the future of autonomous delivery, do you imagine an army of drones for every supermarket and corner store, waiting to be deployed to customers' homes? Noted futurist and Smith School clinical professor Oliver Schlake sees a better way. He sees a future where everyone has a drone. He says homeowners and apartment dwellers will install landing docks at home for their personal drones, and retailers will install corresponding docks. Customers will send drones to nearby stores, to retrieve their orders in mere minutes. He explains his vision for drone delivery, a more convenient post office, and bespoke gas-station advertising. Read more...

Apr 13, 2017
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Recent backlash against United Airlines following an incident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport does not surprise Smith School professor Roland Rust. He had his own run-in with United in 2016. Rust's research suggests that most big companies, including United, focus too much on productivity and pay a price in terms of customer satisfaction. Read more...

Apr 12, 2017
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Google’s mea culpa for ads appearing alongside extremist videos on YouTube has culminated in promises from the tech giant, including a measure to block ads from channels with fewer than 10,000 views and a new system in which third-party firms will verify ad quality standards. Is Google doing enough to reassure YouTube advertisers? One approach to assessing the effectiveness of a corporate apology is to view it against the four-stage framework contained in the seminal report "After the Fall: Reintegrating the Corrupt Organization." Smith School professor M. Susan Taylor, who co-authored that report, breaks down Google's apology. Read more...

Apr 06, 2017
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What does it mean when a pioneer of the telecommuting workforce begins to curb its work-from-home practices? For IBM, it means a massive culture shift, say experts from Smith School of Business. And while the tech giant might be hoping it results in a surge in innovation, it also might spark a surge of resignations. IBM is ending work-from-home policies for thousands of marketing employees, many of whom had never commuted to an office. It was the latest co-location push for the company, following similar mandates affecting design, security and I.T. employees, among others. Big Blue, as IBM is known, had been at the forefront of the telecommuting movement since the 1980s, adopting it for its own teams and building the technology...

Apr 05, 2017
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Are you ready to entrust your retirement savings to a robot? Investment advice is increasingly coming to clients from non-human sources, whether they realize it or not, as more money-management firms look to automated services to augment their team of human advisers and deepen the science behind stock-picking. And, at the same time, there is also a more deliberate move toward so-called robo-advisers, with some clients entrusting their savings to fully automated investment tools, replacing human advisers altogether. The Smith School's Alberto Rossi discusses the rise of the finance robots. Read more...

Apr 04, 2017
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Gillette is shaving its prices by as much as 20 percent and focusing on its less-expensive products to compete with cheaper rivals, such as Dollar Shave Club and Harry's. David Kass, clinical professor of finance at the Smith School, foreshadowed the razor giant’s move, calling price sensitivity for personal products "the new normal" in 2015. He said Gillette owner Procter & Gamble historically had thrived by charging a premium price for premium brands. Then, things changed. More and more people began treating consumer goods like interchangeable commodities, but P&G, Kass says, was slow to adjust. Read more...

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