Should PG&E Unplug in a Crisis?

California utility giant PG&E is putting to work a new strategy to keep its power lines from sparking the kinds of wildfires that have killed dozens across the state and leveled home after home. When fire risks are high, PG&E officials will simply pull the plug, cutting the power altogether until the danger subsides. But should they?

Jun 26, 2019
What the Trade War Means for Tech

As the U.S.-China trade war enters its second year, companies that depend on Chinese manufacturing are looking elsewhere for production needs. It's 'a wake-up call for companies,' our expert says. Here is what they should do next.

Jun 17, 2019
Could Renting a Sofa Save the Planet?

There's a growing number of retailers jumping into the rental biz, as part of a sustainability push aimed at keeping furniture and clothing out of landfills. Here's what's behind the trend and what they should do instead.

Jun 14, 2019
Break Up Facebook? What Would That Even Look Like?

The headline on Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ New York Times op-ed article made his position clear. 'It’s Time To Break Up Facebook.' But break up Facebook? How?

May 16, 2019
The Hunt for Clean Water

Few business problems are more basic than delivering clean drinking water to thirsty customers. Yet solutions remain elusive in the United States and elsewhere.

Apr 02, 2019
How Do You Recover from a Flood?

Industrialization and Internet usage in flooded areas affect per-capita income and recovery efforts, according to new research from Maryland Smith.

Mar 31, 2019
Who Has Clean Hands?

The unclean hands doctrine serves as a safety valve in the judicial system. “It protects the sanctity of the court,” says Maryland Smith professor T. Leigh Anenson.

Mar 14, 2019
Canada’s Move, Not Qatar’s, Is Big News For Oil

It was big news when Qatar announced it was quitting OPEC after nearly 60 years. But a development 6,000 miles away in Canada is likely to have a far more significant impact on oil prices, Maryland Smith's Charles E. Olson says.

Dec 05, 2018
The Rise of the Impact Investor

So you want to put your money where your values are. Then the latest in growing investment trends – impact investing – might be for you.

Nov 27, 2018
Natural Gas Is the Next Price To Watch

While consumers experience the effects of oil price volatility at the gas pump, there’s another energy market force that’s stealthy and poised to dent bank accounts in 2019. It’s natural gas.

Nov 21, 2018