Thought Leadership

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.

Beauty Pageant Lessons for Business Success

Beauty pageants draw criticism. But Smith School executive communication coach Tricia Homer, who competed in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant, says the competitions can elevate one's brand.

Nov 21, 2017
A Cashless Society: From Fintech to Regtech

Are we headed for a cashless society? Financial technology or "fintech" makes it a real possibility, but sparse regulation leaves this new world feeling like the Wild West.

Nov 16, 2017
Profs Reminisce About Their Best Gifts Ever

The best givers take time to understand their customers, who just might want a Miles Davis poster, shares in the local utility company, a piano or a pocket calculator. 

Nov 15, 2017
Your Salary Negotiation Is About To Change

How do you close the gender wage gap? Maryland is taking one step, adopting a law that will ban companies from inquiring about a job candidate's salary history.

Nov 15, 2017
Why Saudi Aramco’s IPO Might Never Happen

Speculation is swirling about the world's largest oil company. But the Smith School's Charles Olson says there is increasing evidence that an initial public offering isn't actually going to happen.

Nov 13, 2017
As World Speeds Up, Friedman Hits Pause

One of the smartest things you can do is pause in a volatile and uncertain world, says New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman.

Nov 09, 2017
14 Signs the GOP May Be Ready for a Flat Tax

Among the pages and pages of proposed changes in the still-evolving Republican tax plan, the Smith School's Sam Handwerger detects some signs that the party is becoming more open to a flat tax.

Nov 09, 2017
Showing ‘Moral Courage’ on DACA

As lawmakers continue to grapple to find a fix for the DACA program, the Smith School's William Longbrake explains why it's imperative, strategically and morally, for business leaders to weigh in.

Nov 03, 2017
Why You’ll Get Over The Ickiness of Amazon Key

"Hell, no," said some on social media, of the new Amazon Key service, which grants delivery people access to your house. But experts predict that what they meant was: “Not yet. But soon, hell, yes.”

Nov 02, 2017
What Powell's Fed Chair Will Mean for Stocks

For stock markets, the nomination of Jerome "Jay" Powell comes as welcome news. Powell represents continuity for monetary policy in the United States, the Smith School's David Kass says. 

Nov 02, 2017


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