SMITH BRAIN TRUST – You know you're having a bad day when you lose $150 billion in two hours. That's what happened to Facebook in after-hours trading on July 25, 2018. David A. Kirsch, an entrepreneurship professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, says the social media giant is getting squeezed from two directions.
David A. Kirsch
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.
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.
Online MBA students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business tested their entrepreneurial ideas in a two-hour pop-up business challenge in fall 2017.
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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...
Sam Harris, Marketing and Information Systems, Class of 2018: It’s not easy to land that dream summer internship. In fact, it can be downright difficult to find a gig that is a perfect fit.
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...
Students in the Smith Online MBA Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business compete in a “zero to market” three-week entrepreneurship exercise, culminating in a “two-hour challenge.”
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.
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 ...