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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 part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty 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.

May 01, 2008


Curt Grimm, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy, received his PhD in economics from the University of California-Berkeley, with primary focus on industrial organization. His research interests include the interface of business and public policy with strategic management, with a particular emphasis on competition, competition policy, deregulation and microeconomic reform both in the United States and overseas.

P.K. Kannan, Harvey Sanders Associate Professor of Marketing and director of the Smith School’s Center for Excellence in Service, received his PhD from Purdue University. His current research focuses on new product/service development, design and pricing digital products and product lines, marketing and product development on the Internet, e-service, customer relationship management (CRM), and customer loyalty.

Ken Smith, Dean’s Chaired Professor of Business Strategy, received his PhD from the University of Washington. He is well known for his research in the areas of competition, competitive advantage and strategic decision-making.


Russell Wermers, associate professor of finance, received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests include the efficiency of security markets as well as the role of institutional investors in setting security prices. His past research has created new methods of measuring and attributing the performance of pension fund, hedge fund and mutual fund managers as well as devising winning strategies for investing in these funds.

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