Each year, Baltimore expands its reach and reputation as a key hub for business and innovation. In its 11th year, Baltimore Innovation Week celebrates that growth with a week-long showcase of the city’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Held in person for the first time since 2019, the event brought together over 45 speakers and 40 partner organizations represented by business owners, marketers, and salespeople, among others, for panel discussions, development workshops and networking opportunities.
As a sponsor of Baltimore Innovation Week 2022 (BIW22), the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is honored to be recognized as a preferred partner for international commerce in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Participation in the event also furthers the center’s goal of engaging with the local international business ecosystem and serving as a resource center for Maryland companies to build international knowledge and skills of executives.
During the event, the center supported two executive education sessions. Rellie Derfler-Rozin, associate professor of management and organization at Maryland Smith, presented “Negotiating Across Borders,” a talk aimed at navigating communication in unfamiliar contexts and among unfamiliar cultures. She emphasized that trust plays a key factor in cross-cultural negotiations and explained different variations in cultural standards or dimensions. Derfler-Rozin has extensively studied organizational behavior and how social context affects decision-making, and she’s sharing some of her insights during her upcoming three-day workshop, Business Negotiations, held from Nov. 2-4 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Bellinger, executive director of the Center for Global Business, was featured in a panel discussion called “Finding the 95%; How ‘Going Global’ Can Accelerate Your Startup.” Speaking alongside other experts within Maryland’s global business ecosystem, Bellinger highlighted various resources, activities and engagement opportunities offered by the Center that enable Maryland businesses to ‘Go Global’. Among them are the Marketing Maryland Internship and Maryland Global Consulting programs, which help local Maryland companies expand their global reach through internships and consulting projects. Another focal point was the ‘Maryland Business Adapts’ event which celebrates the resilience of Maryland companies in response to global economic shocks.
BIW22 is one of many opportunities available to the Maryland Smith community to build international business skills through the center’s partnerships. Maryland Smith faculty, staff, and students are invited to virtually participate in the Global Business School Network (GBSN) Beyond Conference from Nov. 7-9. Attendees will learn about the bold steps that business schools are taking to positively impact society, promote inclusivity and grow sustainably in an effort to modernize business education to the needs of tomorrow. Learn more about the event and register.
The center's cosponsorship of Baltimore Innovation Week 2022 was supported in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.