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.

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
Inside Elon Musk's Superspeed Vision

Smith School professors David A. Kirsch and Brent Goldfarb examine the feasibility of futuristic plans for a 600 mph hyperloop between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Oct 26, 2017
A Sonic Setback for Cuba's Economy

No one is quite sure what's behind the wave of sonic attacks in Havana that have harmed at least 21 American diplomats and their family members. The matter remains a mystery. It's also a setback.

Oct 25, 2017
How To Avoid Future Stock Market Crashes

Oct. 19, 1987: Black Monday. Wall Street saw its biggest single-day stock market drop in history. Now the Smith School’s Albert “Pete” Kyle shares ideas on how future crashes might be prevented. 

Oct 19, 2017
The Looming Risk of Low Fees

The race between active and passive investment management is becoming really interesting. After years of growth among passive funds, experts are starting to ask: What's at risk?

Oct 16, 2017
Why Thaler's Work and His Nobel Prize Matter

There was a time when Richard Thaler's research was controversial. Now he has the 2017 Nobel prize in economics. The Smith School's Francesco D'Acunto discusses why his work is so influential.

Oct 12, 2017
What Catalonia Risks By Leaving Spain

Secession would put newly independent nation in the back of the line for European Union membership. "There is no grandfathering in," Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says. 

Oct 03, 2017


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