2019 Summer Reading List

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business proudly presents its 16th annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, as recommended by faculty and staff. The 2019 edition covers history, politics, leadership and even strategies for staying focused in a volatile, fast-paced world. Deep Work By Cal Newport

Is Your MBA Dangerous?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Madonna isn’t the only one upset this week about an unauthorized biopic.

Panel Explores Post-Olympics Brazil

Post-Olympics Brazil faces challenges, but panelists were cautiously optimistic about the country’s future during a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) forum on Nov. 1, 2016, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Brazil’s Economy

Brazil’s economy is undergoing the worst recession since 1901, just as the country gears up for this summer’s Rio Olympics. The games face deep cuts, and now the mosquito-born Zika virus creates another threat.

China Plugs Into U.S. Market with GE Appliances

SMITH BRAINTRUST – Haier Group’s recent $5.4 billion purchase of General Electric’s appliance unit is expected expand the China-based manufacturer’s market share and distribution channels and potentially boost its credibility among U.S. consumers.

Three Fronts of Brazil's Perfect Storm

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Headlines have been gloomy for Brazil in recent weeks. “Worst Recession Since 1901.” “Rio Olympics Face Deep Cuts.” “Pain to Deepen in 2016.” Even the samba has turned sober for the Carnival that will start on Feb.

Jack Dorsey, Two-Timing CEO (of Twitter and Square)

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Twitter's new CEO, Jack Dorsey, is wasting no time in making changes: This week the social networking company laid off 336 people, or 8 percent of its workforce. He also recently introduced "Moments," curated edited collections of tweets intended to attract new users; and made new overtures to advertisers.

Five Keys to Understanding Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Arrests and resignations have kept Petrobras in the news while a criminal investigation unfolds, but don’t assume a gloomy forecast for Brazil’s state-controlled oil company.

Positive Energy from Brazil's Petrobras Scandal

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- You know you have a corruption problem when Brazilian prosecutors catch you with nearly $24 million in bribe money stashed in a hidden Monaco account. Such stories have become common at Petrobras, a state-controlled oil company engulfed in an 18-month investigation that already has led to 80 arrests and put previously untouchable powerbrokers on alert. Even Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff remains vulnerable.

We Are Smith: Paulo Prochno

Paulo takes learning beyond classroom walls. 

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