David A. Kirsch

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David A. Kirsch is Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the M&O Department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. From 1996 to 2001, Kirsch held various adjunct and visiting appointments at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD in history from Stanford University in 1996. His research interests include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries.

Fantasy Merger League: 2018 Edition

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — When influential analyst and Loup Venture co-founder Gene Munster made predictions for 2018, there was one that really had people chatting. It was a prediction that online retail juggernaut Amazon.com might cut a deal to buy the struggling Target. It was a mergers-and-acquisition idea that seemed to align with some of the things that Amazon.com has been doing – establishing a brick-and-mortar presence and competing head-to-head with Walmart.

Volvo and the Hybrid, Electric Future

For Volvo, the decision to introduce only hybrid or all-electric vehicles starting in 2019 is about going green. But it's also about making green; changing the story that Volvo has been selling to investors. It's about stealing some limelight from Tesla, and potentially about positioning the Sweden-based automaker for a possible initial public offering, says the Smith School's David A. Kirsch. It's about branding Volvo as a car company of the future. Read more...

VW's Electric Vehicle Plan Is a Step, Not a Panacea

Can Volkswagen’s recently announced $2 billion spending plan on zero emission and electric vehicles be a tipping point for the U.S. electric car economy? No, says Smith School management professor David A. Kirsch. “It’s a little bit wishful thinking,” he tells Marketplace radio. “This is an incremental advance in the long-term process.” Here's what it might mean. Read more...

The Role of Innovation in Battling Climate Change

Experts at a recent University of Maryland event said innovation will play a key yet unpredictable role as the United States moves toward meeting the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement on climate change, namely keeping the global temperature rise to significantly below 2 degrees Celsius. Current projections about slowing climate change may be pessimistic, but such pessimism involves extrapolating from current sociological and technological trends. Human ingenuity "is not in the models," said David A. Kirsch, an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

GM Bets on Lyft

American car companies sold more vehicles in 2015 than ever before, with sales boosted by low gas prices and a recovering economy — a remarkable turnaround from the recession years. But at the same time, GM is placing a bet on the industry's next phase: It has announced an investment of $500 million in Lyft, the No. 2 car-hailing service (after Uber). This is the first time a car company has directly invested in either Lyft or Uber, both of which foresee moving away from matching private drivers with riders to letting people summon driverless cars with an app. Read more ...

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