Charles E. Olson

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Professor Charles E. Olson is Visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. From 1986 - 2000 he was president of Zinder Companies, Inc., a public utility consulting firm. Prior to joining Zinder Companies, Inc., Olson was president of Olson & Co., Inc. from 1980 - 1986. Dr. Olson was assistant and then associate professor of business at the University of Maryland from 1968 - 76. His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Outstanding Seniors Honored at Undergraduate Banquet

Every graduating cohort has students who are shining stars, and it is with great fanfare that Victor Mullins, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, celebrated them on May 3, 3018, at an annual awards banquet. The event also honored a few faculty members who were nominated by seniors and a retiring professor who has been a positive influence on the Undergraduate Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

How U.S. Fortunes Rise With Climbing Oil Prices

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Blame Russia and OPEC for rising oil prices. Or thank them. Charles E. Olson, professor of the practice and director of the Business Honors Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, says the United States will benefit overall as oil approaches $70 per barrel. “It’s in our best interest to have the price of oil as high as possible because now we’re an exporter,” he says.

Charles Olson Receives CIBER Award for Teaching Innovation in Global Learning

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pleased to announce that Charles E. Olson, a professor in the logistics, business and public policy department, received the second annual CIBER Award for Teaching Innovation in Global Learning.

Silence After the Dakota Access Pipeline Storm

Dakota Access PipelineAfter nearly one year of legal and political wrangling, oil starting flowing this week through the Dakota Access Pipeline without much fuss. “There’s nothing to talk about anymore because the pipeline is invisible,” says Smith School professor Charles E. Olson. “It will just run silently underground with much more efficiency than a train does. We won’t see it. We won’t hear it. It will have virtually zero environmental impact. And the pipeline probably is good for 50 years.” Read more...

The U.S., North Korea and Game Theory

Pyongyang, Arirang (Mass Games)Amid the ramped-up diplomatic and military pressure on North Korea, there is something else at play, says the Smith School's Charles E. Olson. It's an exercise in game theory. The wide-reaching game theory can describe and model how human beings will behave, particularly in response to the actions of other human beings. It's a sort of chess-game thinking. And its basis is essentially this: Your interests depend not just on the decisions you make, but also on the decisions that other people make. In game theory, you choose your moves based on how you expect your competitors to respond to your moves. Olson describes how this game is playing out. Read more...

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