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Jul 17, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Do you have gender "faultlines" in your organization? New research co-authored by Smith School professor Hui Liao suggests that such fissures appear when gender differences solidify into cliques. And this tends to occur when members of one gender share other demographic traits and professional interests, such as age, job responsibilities and time served. For example, the men in one organization might be young

Jul 16, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Marketing professor Michel Wedel has been named a Distinguished University Professor – the University of Maryland’s highest academic honor that’s reserved for a limited number of professors whose scholarly activities have brought distinction to the university.

Jul 15, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

The Chinese stock market meltdown bears more than a passing resemblance to the U.S. crash of 1929. Many observers have noted the similar scale of the two implosions: The Dow fell by 25 percent in the week of Black Thursday; from June 18 to July 3, the two main Chinese markets fell by 31 percent. But the parallels go beyond scale, according to the Smith School finance professor Albert "Pete" Kyle. From a

Jul 13, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

One of the most closely scrutinized questions in finance is whether any fund managers can beat the market, year after year. The evidence is far more mixed than you might think from reading stories in the business media about investment "geniuses" of various stripes. New research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business adds to the evidence that some fund managers indeed can beat the market, but with a

Jul 11, 2015

Arrests and resignations have kept Petrobras in the news while a criminal investigation unfolds, but don’t assume a gloomy forecast for Brazil’s state-controlled oil company. “My overall answer for Petrobras is, I’m very optimistic about the company,” says Smith School professor Paulo Prochno. He shares five keys for keeping the Brazilian telenovela in context.


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