P.K. Kannan


P. K. Kannan is the Dean's Chair in Marketing Science at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His main research focus is on marketing modeling, applying statistical and econometric methods to marketing data. His current research stream focuses on attribution modeling, media mix modeling, new product/service development and customer relationship management (CRM).

Xiaomi and China’s Smartphone Market

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  For the first time in more than a year, Xiaomi Corp. saw its shares jump as it launched this week in China a 5G smartphone “for the masses.” With its release of Redmi K30 5G, Xiaomi, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker, has fueled hopes to regain ground in the mainland-China market against such rivals as Huawei and Apple.

Prices for the Redmi K30 5G start at 1,999 yuan ($284).

99 Men and 1 Woman?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – “Infuriating” was how one Maryland Smith professor described the Forbes list of “America’s Most Innovative Leaders.”

The list, published Friday, received marquis design treatment on the Forbes website, with a big-font headline and an all-caps sub-headline that asked, urgently, provocatively, “Who Are The Most Creative And Successful Business Minds Of Today?"

Crowdsourcing for Ideas? Do This.

Companies like crowdsourcing for ideas. Innovation tournaments helped Dell create rugged laptops for marine use and helped Lego concoct new toy themes. PepsiCo’s “Do Us a Flavor” tournament led to the creation of “cheesy garlic bread” chips and a brief 8% surge in sales.

But the tournaments don’t always go so swimmingly. (Side-eye to you, Boaty McBoatface.) Many fall short of what they hope to achieve.


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