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Smith School In the News: 2020

Feb 03, 2020
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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.

January 2020

Baltimore Sun — Jan. 30 — Interim Dean and CHIDS co-director Ritu Agarwal and Professor/CHIDS co-director Gordon Gao weigh in on coronavirus messaging in ‘First person tested in Maryland for coronavirus is negative’: Generally during a health crisis people should look to a trusted source such as the CDC and not “random social media posts,” cautioned [Agarwal] “In a situation that is evolving as quickly as the one we are facing now, there is a danger here, a lot of misinformation lurking around,” she said. “Look to the one trusted and credible source of information.” [Gao], a professor and co-director of the center, said people should be “data-savvy” and get context. Numbers can be scary and even deceiving alone, he said.

Science Daily — Jan. 30 — The paper “Bike-Share Systems: Accessibility and Availability,” co-authored by Department of Decision, Operations and Information Systems professor Ashish Kabra is overviewed.

Baltimore Sun — Jan. 29 — Clinical Professor of Marketing Hank Boyd comments in “Ravens QB Lamar Jackson isn’t signed to a big sports brand. That’s likely to change soon”: Brands courting Jackson might want to explore partnerships that incorporate his existing clothing lines, said [Boyd]. “With social media, we’re all crafting our own brands. It’s a whole different age," Boyd said. …Also at Yahoo Sports, Sacramento Bee, ArcaMax.

Forbes — Jan. 28 — Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship, writes “Killing Dialogue With Claims Of Oppression .”

CommPro Biz — Jan. 28 — Clinical Professor of Marketing Hank Boyd writes “Strategy for Super Bowl brands as Bloomberg duels Trump.”

Business Insider/Markets Insider — Jan. 23 — Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass and Assistant Dean for Part-Time MBA and Online Programs Paulo Prochno separately describe the effectiveness of General Electric CEO Larry Culp in "Is JPMorgan right to call the GE stock price wrong?” Originally published by InvestorPlace.

Issues in Science and Technology — Jan. 22 — Management and entrepreneurship professors Brent Goldfarb and David Kirsch co-author a “Combatting Tech Hype” essay in the magazine’s forum section.

Fortune — Jan. 17 — ‘NBC's Peacock free streaming a real threat to Hulu’ is fed by marketing professor P.K. Kannan: “Hulu is an outlet for content makers who don't have their own streaming service. But now that all these content producers have their own streaming service, why do they need a middleman?” says [Kannan]. "In the streaming wars, the people who produce content have the power." Also at Daily Gaming News.

European Business Review — Jan. 14 — “Start-ups: The Founding Team Is a Real Magic Bullet” overviews research newly published in Academy of Management Annals and co-authored by Rajshree Agarwal (Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship), Brent Goldfarb (Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship) and Gilad Chen (Robert H. Smith Chair in Organization Behavior).

Washington Examiner — Jan. 14 — Management professor Evan Starr is quoted and his research cited in “FTC weighs restricting noncompete agreements to boost worker job prospects”: A study [by Starr] on Oregon's hourly paid workers after the state banned noncompetes suggested that such a policy would provide a significant pay raise to low-income earners. "The average worker would be better off if they banned noncompetes. This is widely agreed upon by everyone, on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans,” said [Starr]. Starr was invited to speak at the FTC last week during its "Noncompetes in the Workplace" event.

Yahoo Finance — Jan. 13 — Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship Anil K. Gupta comments, via The First Trade, on the U.S.-China ‘phase one’ deal in Why we won't get a Phase 2 trade deal 'until sometime in 2021': “Substantively there’s not a whole lot here. It’s more about calling a truce. It removes some of the uncertainty…at least until after the elections.” — Jan. 13 — How retailers can make more money in online auctions summarizes management professor Wedad Elmharaby’s “Managing Market Thickness in Online B2B Markets” paper in Management Science. Coverage also at Eurasia Review.

ValueWalk — Jan. 12 — Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass guest blogs about ‘6 largest market capitalizations.’

Wall Street Journal — Jan. 8 — A “Realtime Economics” roundup (scroll down) cites management professor Evan Starr’s presentation of his paper “Low Wage Workers and the Enforceability of Covenants Not to Compete” at a conference hosted by the American Economic Association.

NewsMax — Jan. 7 — Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass is quoted in “2019 was worst year in decade for Buffett’s Berkshire”: on “He’s just not going to throw the money out and earn a rate of return below what his minimum target is,” [said Kass]. “He is Buffett because he’s patient.”

Techonomy — Jan. 5 — Adjunct finance professor Ryan Guttridge co-authors “Big Tech and Media in 2020: What to Expect.”

Yahoo Finance — Jan. 2 — Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass weighs in, via The First Trade, regarding financial market implications of ‘Carlos Ghosn’s bizarre escape from Japan’: But at a bare minimum, Ghosn’s odd story has probably kept alive an ongoing discussion in countless board rooms about doing business in Japan. “There is a concern that business leaders from other countries who are executives in Japan would be treated very differently than Japanese CEOs or executives. It looks like there could be a double standard... and this could discourage investment by those locating to Japan,” [Kass said].

American Libraries Magazine — Jan. 2 — EMBA Program Academic Director Rob Sheehan and his ‘Mission Impact’ book are cited by American Libraries Association Executive Director Mary Ghikas in her “Reflecting on Our Mission” op-ed: “[Sheehan] outlines a ‘mission accomplishment’ approach to articulating and measuring impact. Sheehan defines carrying out a mission as the “core purpose” of an organization, and nonprofits must measure the progress toward achieving that mission. He defines ‘mission gap’—which we should collectively seek to close—as the difference between the ideal and the current reality.”


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