News at Smith


Sep 01, 2006


AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Conference
The Smith School hosted the AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Conference July 12-14, 2006.

Digital Economy Forum 2006
October 5-7, 2006
The Smith School’s Center for International Business, Education and Research (CIBER) and the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) are offering a globalization conference with topics such as how globalization is affecting the U.S. economy, how to make off-shoring successful, and how to manage localization.


The Smith School has been awarded a four-year, $1.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to fund a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). This high honor designates the Smith School as a national resource center in international business education and research. There are only 31 CIBERs in the nation.

The federal government instituted the CIBER program to increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace by creating useful links between the business and academic communities on international business issues. In addition to programmatic enhancements and faculty research, the Smith School CIBER will support conferences and seminars, training, and consulting to the business community in the mid-Atlantic region as part of its outreach activities.

A key area of concern to international businesses relates to national and homeland security and its implications for enterprise continuity; the Smith School CIBER will provide significant leadership in this area. The Smith School’s Larry Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting, and Martin Loeb, professor of accounting and information assurance and Deloitte & Touche LLP Faculty Fellow, are already well known for their research relating to the economics of information security. The Smith School CIBER will combine their work with existing programs and centers in the University of Maryland which deal with national and homeland security. The Smith School CIBER will sponsor its first Conference on Global Security in 2008 to bring together the best scholars in this area, along with leaders from government and business.

The Smith School CIBER will pursue other strategic initiatives as well. The University of Maryland has extensive resources related to language study and research, and the center will leverage those resources to develop business language courses and support the school’s International Fellows track of the Undergraduate Fellows Program. Global e-commerce, entrepreneurship and innovation, global services and emerging markets are also among the CIBER’s strategic initiatives.

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