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Smith School In the News: 2018

Feb 12, 2018
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The Smith School's world-class faculty are routinely quoted in leading business and other media, while Smith's innovative programs and research projects also receive attention. Below are some highlights.

February 2018

Washington Post - Feb 8 – Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass on implications of the early February stock market plunge: “There is a lot of concern in the rising yield in the 10-year Treasury note…As it approaches 3 percent, concerns about inflation and competition for stocks by fixed income securities are increasing.” Read … Republished by the Boston Globe, others

New York Times – Feb. 8 – Marketing professor Jie Zhang comments for a ‘Shopping Apps Do’s and Don’ts’ NerdWallet-produced piece: “Through exclusive offers and built-in loyalty programs, individual retailers' shopping apps intend to lock-in shoppers. For example, the wallet feature on the J.C. Penney app lets shoppers see and redeem rewards, coupons and gift cards in one place.” Read … Also published, via the Associated Press, by Time, U.S. News and Report, the Charlotte Observer, others

Value Walk – Feb. 7 – Professor of the Practice Cliff Rossi describes an increasing of regulators’ vigilance toward bank boards as a sign from the recent Wells Fargo sanctions. Read

Frederick News Post – Feb. 5 – Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Managing Director Elana Fine on how technology is spurring the gig economy: “For many of the jobs, technology has been the missing link. It has made some existing jobs easier but has also created new opportunities, such as managing social media for a company.” Read

Washington Post – Feb. 5 - Entrepreneurship lecturer Jonathan Aberman writes column weighing the D.C. region’s attractiveness to Millennials prioritizing affordable living. Read … Preceding Aberman-Capital Business columns: ‘Tech-driven fakery and a post-truth society’ (Jan. 29); ‘Federal government shutdown implications’ (Jan. 22); ‘Greater Washington workforce trends’ (Jan. 15); ‘Federal contracting risks, opportunities’ (Jan. 8)

WalletHub – Feb. 5 – Marketing professor and Center for Excellence in Service Director Janet Wagner gives insights to Valentine’s Day marketing. Read

WTOP Radio – Feb. 5 – In a live segment, marketing professor Hank Boyd reviewed and analyzed the Super Bowl ads from the previous evening’s game telecast.

ValueWalk – Feb. 3 – Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass guest blogs “Wells Fargo punished by the Fed.” Read

Advisor Perspectives - Feb. 2 – Finance professor and Center for Financial Policy Director Russ Wermers’ research is referenced in a 'Finding superior active managers' column. Read

Baltimore Sun – Feb. 1 – Marketing professor Hank Boyd comments on restaurant-rebranding strategy: “New concepts can generate buzz from new customers, but they can also alienate longtime clientele. Boyd said it’s important for restaurants to communicate to customers the reasons behind their changes.” Read

January 2018

NJ Biz – Jan. 31 – Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass on the Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan and Amazon plan to create a healthcare company: “I think there are opportunities to reduce the prices and price increases of pharmaceuticals in this country. It is quite glaring how much lower prices are for specific pharmaceuticals in other countries. There is enormous potential for cost savings…The partnership could be transformative for the wider corporate world. It will certainly be in the interest of other corporations to observe what is happening here.” Read … Related: Kass-ValueWalk guest blogs: ‘Berkshire healthcare disruption’ and ‘Highlights from Buffett on CNBC

WYPR – Jan. 29 – Senior Associate Dean for Research Ritu Agarwal discusses the repealing of net neutrality rules. Listen

People Development Magazine – Jan. 28 – Marketing professor P.K. Kannan on Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods: “Amazon will be able to collect data on these customers’ online and offline purchases to create a larger buying profile…[The Whole Foods deal] will be most beneficial in allowing better recommendations from Amazon, coupons for either retailer and cross promotion.” Read

Auburn Seminary Voices – Jan. 27 – Executive in Residence Bill Longbrake writes, in ‘An Open Letter to Larry Fink,’ about Smith School initiatives exemplifying “how business schools can become powerful enabling allies” to companies in terms of serving a social purpose. Read

GARP – Jan. 25 – Professor of the Practice Cliff Rossi writes a CRO Outlook column, “Raising Board Awareness of Bank Machine-Learning Applications.” Read

WJLA/Sinclair Broadcast Group – Jan. 24 – Global trade professor Gary Cohen on U.S. trade policy in the context of the World Economic Forum: “In Asia, we walked away from TPP... and by pulling out of that, these Asian countries are now forging a partnership and a trade agreement without us. I think that's going to hurt. And we still don't know what the impact will be on NAFTA, that's still up in the air.” Read … Cohen gave related commentary via Sirius XM's POTUS, WBAL radio and the South China Morning Post (which excerpted Cohen’s "What are the trade cards Donald Trump could play against China?" op-ed at The Hill)

Washington Post – Jan. 19 – Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass contributes to a piece titled ‘Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had an amazing 2017’: “I would not be surprised to see both Jain and Abel joining vice chairman Charlie Munger and chairman Warren Buffett on the stage at the upcoming May 5 meeting, not only answering shareholder questions, but also eating See’s Candies’ peanut brittle and drinking Cokes.” Read … Kass comments (Jan. 12) for Omaha World Herald’s “Would potential successor move Berkshire's HQ out of Omaha?

Business Today (Kenya) - Jan. 19 – Management and entrepreneurship professor Brent Goldfarb comments on the Bitcoin bubble. Read

WalletHub – Jan. 19 – Marketing professor Amna Kirmani contributes insights into airline rewards programs. Read

CNN Money - Jan. 19 – Entrepreneurship lecturer Jonathan Aberman comments on the release of ‘Amazon hq2’ finalists. Read … Related: Aberman comments on Howard County’s failed bid for Amazon hq2, via the Baltimore Sun (Jan. 24)

Poets & Quants - Jan. 10 - David Weber, academic director of Smith's graduate certificate programs in fraud management, is profiled among “Favorite MBA Professors of 2017.” Read

Kiplinger - Jan. 8 – Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass on index funds versus hedge funds: “In order for hedge funds to justify their ‘2 and 20’ fee structures, their rates of return after fees must exceed what any investor can earn from a low-cost S&P 500 index fund…Their fee structures makes this extremely difficult to achieve over time.” Read

The Hill - Jan. 4 - Clinical Professor of International Business, Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Gary Cohen writes op-ed, “Trade fight on washing machines will do more harm than good.” Read … Cohen writes, Dec. 21, in the Morning Consult: ‘In U.S. and South Korea, Business Is Not as Usual.’

Seeking Alpha - Jan. 4 - Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass, gives ‘Five stocks to watch in 2018.’ Read ... Also at ValueWalk

Baltimore Sun - Jan. 3 - Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, writes a “Make a New Year's Strategy, not a Resolution” op-ed. Read

4-Traders - Jan. 3 - Robert H. Smith Professor of Information Systems Henry Lucas is quoted regarding Laureate Education prospects in emerging markets: “A keen attention to recruiting tactics, price, quality and job placement will be key to protecting Laureates brand.” Read

BizEd -Jan. 2 - Robert H. Smith Professor of Leadership and Innovation Kathryn Bartol co-writes a guest piece, “Three Behaviors for High-Performing Virtual Teams.” Read

All Analytics - Jan. 2 - Dean's Chair in Marketing Science P.K. Kannan comments extensively in “What retailers know about you.” Read

Washington Post - Jan. 1 - Management lecturer Jonathan Aberman writes that politics weighed heavily in key lessons learned in 2017 by Greater Washington business leaders. Read … Previous Aberman-Capital Business columns: ‘A case for expanding D.C.’s tech workforce (Dec. 18); ‘Tax reform implications for D.C.’s tech economy (Dec. 11); ‘Why to worry about bitcoin’s escalation’ (Dec. 4) ‘Internet access is a public benefit’ (Nov. 27)


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