Smith Brain Trust

Back-to-School Marketing Innovation

Back-to-school shoppers want discounts. Manufacturers want high profit margins. The tension feeds a paradox of sorts at retail outlets where buyers and sellers meet: Stores increasingly emphasize pricey, innovative and fun products in a bargain-shopping season.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Speed Dating Your Way to Your Dream Job

If you have your sights set on a dream job or you’re considering a career switch, make sure you talk to a lot of people before you’re married to a particular path.

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Surviving the Open Floor Plan Office

Open floor plans invite collaboration, but they also leave everyone with less privacy and more distractions. Here's how to cope if you prefer walls and doors.

Thursday, August 2, 2018
How Boxes Are Changing How You Shop

If it’s starting to seem like every consumer category now has a subscription services you could belong to, that’s no illusion.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
How a 4-Day Workweek Story Went Viral

A recent four-day workweek trial program at a small New Zealand company drew a disproportionately large amount of outside interest. This is why.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Facebook's Day of Reckoning

You know you're having a bad day when you lose $150 billion in two hours. That's what happened to Facebook. Maryland Smith professor David A. Kirsch explains what went wrong.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Thinking of Ghosting the Job Interview? Don’t.

Ghosting is risky – and unnecessary. Instead, be upfront. It might be awkward, but life is full of awkward conversations. Here are some tips to follow.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
What Is a Poison Pill, Anyway?

It's not often that a company's board of directors employs a poison pill to fend off a hostile takeover. Even rarer is the way it's being used at Papa John's.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Featured Videos

The Soviet Union rattled the United States and triggered a Space Race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik. Back on Earth in 2018, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta sees a different kind of race emerging. "Whether we like it or not, the U.S. and China are in a technology race," he says.

BET Networks executive Donna Blackman applauds the courage of women who speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace. But she is cautious when it comes to giving advice to people who might face retaliation.