Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal is interim dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is also the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and founding director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS). She has published more than 100 papers in top academic journals, testified before government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health, and collaborated with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Since arriving at Maryland Smith in 1999, Agarwal has taught at every level and received all of the school’s major teaching awards. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research.

How Social Networks Can Curb Youth Unemployment

A powerful tool for curbing the growing worldwide problem of youth unemployment could be the ubiquitous mobile phone found in most teens’ pockets, finds new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Researchers used a mobile app to connect youth aged 15 to 24 looking for jobs to motivate each other to keep up the search until they landed a job. The success was staggering.

Ritu Agarwal to Serve As Interim Dean

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis will step down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Aug. 14, 2019. He will be joining the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean. Ritu Agarwal, the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and senior associate dean for faculty and research, will serve as interim dean beginning Aug. 15, while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

Indian Institute Of Management Selects Agarwal For Distinguished Alumnus Award

CHITA 2018 Experts Put Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence in Context

Blockchain is no longer hype and is poised to transform virtually every industry, including health care, says Health and Human Services (HHS) official Jose Arrieta. “We’re standardizing data and decentralizing execution” it adds value…It’s a better model.”

This keynote message, also explored in a related panel discussion, was part of the Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA) Oct. 19-20, 2018 in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Center for Health Information & Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Speediness Isn't The Same For All Physicians

How do high-performing organizations learn and adapt their routines and procedures? Do they look to constantly bring new information into their processes? Are they quick to adopt new ways of doing things at the individual and organizational levels?

Researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business sought to answer those questions, examining not only individuals within the organization, but also how the interplay between organizational and individual characteristics enhances or inhibits assimilation of newly available information.

Three Ways Amazon Is Shaking Up U.S. Healthcare

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – First it was book selling, and then it was retail of all kinds. Later came cloud storage services, streaming entertainment and online advertising. Now with three big moves, Amazon is disrupting healthcare. And that’s a good thing, says Ritu Agarwal, professor and senior associate dean for research at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business

Equifax Saga Highlights Cybersecurity Forum

The “Equifax Saga and Ramifications” and “The Mobile Lemon” (addressing smartphone app security and usability paradoxes), among other topics, highlighted the recent Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective. The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the event on Jan. 10, 2018 in Van Munching Hall.

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