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The lifeblood of a business school is its faculty, and at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business our faculty members are inspiring, supportive and world-class. We are attuned to a marketplace that values innovation, entrepreneurialism, analytical thinking and hard work. Our teaching and research equips students with the wisdom of business scholarship rooted in the experiential lessons of the marketplace.

Why It’s Not Enough That Africa Grows

Growth across sub-Saharan Africa is expected to outpace global growth this year and next, and the reasons why accentuate the importance of economic diversification, says Maryland Smith’s Lemma Senbet.

Aug 15, 2019
Why Disruptor Brands Are Booming

Nearly half of Americans have bought stuff from a direct-to-consumer brand. Here's why those consumers are such a coveted group, and why more and more brands are borrowing from the DTC playbook.

Aug 14, 2019
Comic Books for Complex Issues

The New York Fed recently decided to explain monetary policy in a comic book, set in outer space. It had us wondering: What other complex business topics would be helpful to see in simplified, comic book fashion?

Aug 09, 2019
Why Clinton’s Tax Bill Is Bigger Than Biden’s

Maryland Smith’s Samuel Handwerger recently wrote a letter to former President Bill Clinton. It wasn't about his presidency, or his politics. It was about his taxes.

Aug 08, 2019
How To Get Better Care from Your Doctor

Want better care from your doctor? It’s as simple as just being nice and saying thank you, according to new management research.

Aug 07, 2019
Farewell, Summer Fridays

In summer, every Friday feels a little like the day before a long weekend. Many of your colleagues are already on vacation (or at happy hour). No one attempts to host a meeting or make consequential decisions. Soak it in. It's almost fall.

Aug 05, 2019
The Tariff Effect

Faced with the option of either buying American steel products or importing foreign steel and paying the associated tariffs, the choice would seem to be pretty simple. Sometimes it's not.

Aug 05, 2019
Canada Goose and a Supply Chain Lesson

Winter-chic outfitter Canada Goose has been chilled amid a controversy that underscores the need for transparency across supply chains.

Aug 05, 2019
Eat, Stay, Shop

Brick-and-mortar stores are finding new ways to attract shoppers when everything they might want to buy is just a click away.

Aug 01, 2019
The New Brick-and-Mortar

Retailers, long caught in Amazon.com’s shadow, increasingly are looking to AI, inventory management and myriad supply chain innovations for new sources of light.

Jul 31, 2019

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