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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.

January 26, 2023
A “Richcession” May Be Ahead
Wall Street Journal reporter Justin Lahart has coined the term “richcession” to explain what might happen should a recession occur this year. According to him, the well-heeled would take a bigger hit than usual, even if we manage to narrowly escape an economic downturn.
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January 24, 2023
Retailers Can Gain From Reducing Food Waste
Even as the price of food continues to tick up and people are spending more on groceries, nearly 40% of food in the United States is being wasted – mostly by shoppers who never consume what they bought and by retailers who don’t manage to sell it.
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January 19, 2023
How Companies Can Capitalize on Free Outside Knowledge
New enterprise software investments can lead to big benefits for firms by enabling business process innovations, but implementation is notoriously difficult. Having IT professionals with the right combination of both technical and business process knowledge is critical to a quick and successful…
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January 19, 2023
How Thomson Reuters Impacts Street Earnings
In research published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Smith accounting professor Musa Subasi and his co-authors looked at how Thomson Reuters produces and distributes street earnings to better understand the role forecast data providers play in capital markets.
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January 17, 2023
New Year, New Goals

A new year brings a fresh start, a full slate of 365 days to work on improving oneself in one way or another. Ten Smith professors are sharing their New Year’s resolutions:

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January 10, 2023
Why Outsourcing Sales Could Be the Key to Surviving a Hit to Demand
How do companies fare when demand for their products suddenly drops off? It’s a question many industries could face this year, as inflation continues in a tight labor market. Looking at a past demand shock has some answers, finds new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School…
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January 10, 2023
Management Professor’s Research Spurs U.S. Push to Ban Noncompete Agreements for Workers

The United States is moving to ban noncompete agreements in labor contracts, and research from Maryland Smith management professor Evan Starr is behind the push.

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January 6, 2023
Keep Your Cash: Your Kids Prefer Virtual Money
The term “cash is king” refers to the belief that cash is more important than any other form of currency. Motley Fool says cash is invaluable because it gives individuals, businesses and investors the flexibility to get through tough times and to potentially take advantage of opportunities. But…
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January 5, 2023
When the Award Goes to … Someone Else
In new research in the Academy of Management Journal, Hui Liao and her co-authors look at how the experience of almost winning impacts the performance of nominees, specifically their collaboration with others.
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December 22, 2022
Six Things Companies Can Do To Improve Environmental, Social Impact
Consumers, shareholders and regulators are increasingly demanding that companies be committed to sustainability and social good, and now a comprehensive new report from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business can help companies figure out how to do that most effectively.
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