Maryland Smith Increases Flexibility in Relaunch of Online Master’s in Business Analytics

Maryland Smith will increase flexibility in its Online Master’s in Business Analytics program for early-to-mid-career professionals by replacing synchronous class sessions with “both asynchronous learning and periodic touchpoints with faculty.”

Elon Musk’s Irony: Bots, the Impetus to Abandon His Twitter Deal, Have Propelled Tesla

Maryland Smith’s David Kirsch, who is researching pro-Tesla Twitter bots, describes the irony in Elon Musk’s stated reason for moving to abandon his $44 billion Twitter purchase agreement.

Maryland Smith’s Blockchain Business Imperative Open for New Cohort

Launched in January 2022, the six-week synchronous online certificate program starts again July 11, 2022. It focuses on blockchain and its potential economic impact across industries. It’s also designed to help leaders identify how blockchain can enable them to innovate and drive growth in their businesses.

Mitigating Drug Shortages via a Quality Management Rating System is Viable: New Study

A “quality management maturity” (QMM) rating system for pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities is viable toward reducing drug shortages and increasing medicine availability, according to research by risk management expert Clifford Rossi at the University of Maryland.

‘Maryland Business Adapts’ Speakers and Itinerary Set, Spaces Available

Maryland Smith will showcase Maryland-based exporting companies that have demonstrated resilience through the ongoing pandemic. The event also will connect participants and their companies to resources to compete globally.

Social Capital is a Key Driver of Small Business: New Study

Why do small businesses exploit business opportunities better in some areas than others? Maryland Smith researchers show that local social capital (trust, cooperation level among residents) strongly predicts loan uptake after controlling for close-by bank branches, income and education.

Webinar: A Scientist’s Take on Climate Models and Risk Management Applications

In the week following COP26, University of Maryland experts Tim Canty (Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science) and Clifford Rossi (Center for Financial Policy) will give insights on the latest IPCC climate change report and its implications for risk managers.

Complex U.S. Immigration System Limits Entrepreneurship, Innovation

A growing body of research conducted by leading U.S. scholars finds immigrants positively impact entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, and knowledge transfer while restrictive federal immigration policies negatively impact the U.S. economy and American workers. Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph Lamone Chair in…

Finance Themes to Watch for During COP26

Having held senior executive roles in risk management at several of the largest financial services companies, Maryland Smith professor Clifford Rossi examines climate change implications for finance and risk management ahead of COP26.

New ‘Federal Risk Academy’ Certificate Program to Launch from Maryland Smith’s Center for Financial Policy

Maryland Smith and Deloitte will deliver a certificate program covering risk management for federal employees, in live virtual sessions between Jan. 11 and Feb. 1, 2022.

‘Maryland Business Adapts’ Event Announces Call for Nominations

The Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is calling for nominations for its second annual event recognizing Maryland-based global businesses for innovative pandemic-era pivots.

The Most Successful Startups Mix Friendships and Business to Build Teams, Research Finds

New research in the Academy of Management Journal shows startups can foster team dynamics, fundraising and productivity, and maximize profit earnings through a hybrid formation strategy wherein founders both like each other due to shared values/experiences and have proper complementary skills/capabilities.

For Aviation, an ‘Unprecedented Opportunity’

Air transportation policy and logistics expert Martin Dresner says the post-COVID period will provide the aviation industry with a tremendous opportunity to build back better and greener, and this hinges on cooperative initiatives under centralized leadership.

WTC Survivor/Finance Professor Available to Recount 9-11 at Ground Zero

Clinical associate professor of finance Elinda Kiss at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is available to recount evacuating from WTC 1 then watching as United Airlines Flight 175 struck WTC 2. On hand for a conference at Marriott…

New Data Analysis of U.S. ‘Oligopoly Problem’ Reaffirms Antitrust Push: UMD Economist

A new study on U.S. oligopolies uses, according to its author, a “groundbreaking model” to more accurately measure competition in U.S. markets and the consequences for consumers “who are capturing a smaller slice of a shrinking pie.” Bruno Pellegrino, author of the working paper recently cited by…

Have Something To Say? Your Boss Wants You to Do it in Private.

New research finds that employees feel comfortable speaking up in open forums, but managers prefer that employees speak truth to power in a closed-door discussion instead of in front of a group. The forthcoming study gives insight for both sides to productively address this dynamic.

Marketing-Legal Expert Available on Supreme Court’s NCAA Ruling

Marketing professor and practicing attorney Henry C. (Hank) Boyd at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is available to discuss, broadly, the implications of the Supreme Court ruling that the NCAA has violated antitrust laws by colluding to deny education-related benefits…

Maryland Smith Experts Available on Juneteenth’s Significance for Workplaces, Organizations

Leaders and experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to discuss Juneteenth’s significance for organizations and workplaces. They can address such underlying concepts as understanding and navigating ‘racial and gender overtones to professionalism”…

Potential Vocal Tracking App Could Detect Depression Changes

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people worldwide have Major Depression Disorder and another 20 million have schizophrenia. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Carol Espy-Wilson from the University of Maryland,will discuss how a person’s mental health status is reflected in the coordination of speech gestures. The keynote lecture, “Speech Acoustics and Mental Health Assessment,” will take place Tuesday, June 8.

Variabilities in Children’s Speech Perhaps Not So Concerning

Variations in children’s speech has traditionally been attributed to developmental delays. Recent work suggests the reasons for variability are not so clear, and an immediate call for treatment may need to be reconsidered. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Margaret Cychosz from the University of Maryland will discuss the need to better understand these variations. Her presentation, “Reconsidering variability in child speech production,” will take place Tuesday, June 8.

Implications of Dwindling Oscars Viewership and Movie Audience Fragmentation

As Oscars viewership has plummeted, positive news for the film industry can be gleaned from the increasing fragmentation of movie audiences, a trend that is paving the way for filmmakers who might have struggled to produce motion pictures that were previously deemed as less commercially viable.

Maryland Business Adapts: Virtual Panel Discussions to Explore Global Business Perseverance Through COVID-19

Leaders of five Maryland companies, selected for global performance during the pandemic, will discuss their success keys, in virtual panel discussions. Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will be among the event’s opening speakers.

Gary Gensler To Address Conference on Financial Market Regulation May 13-14, 2021

The SEC, Center for Financial Policy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Lehigh University’s CFS, and the CFA Institute jointly sponsor this event bringing together thought leaders from across academia, government, the financial sector, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Myths about Workplace Negotiations

In organizational hiring, negotiating and efforts to foster creativity, there often is a tendency to see things as “either-or” or “winner vs. losers.” Such zero-sum mindset tends to lead to errors and biases, says Maryland Smith’s Rellie Derfler-Rozin, whose recent research explores this dynamic and its implications.

Boosting Fiber Optics Communications with Advanced Quantum-Enhanced Receiver

Fiber optic technology is the holy grail of high-speed, long-distance telecommunications. Still, with the continuing exponential growth of internet traffic, researchers are warning of a capacity crunch. In AVS Quantum Science, researchers show how quantum-enhanced receivers could play a critical role in addressing this challenge. The scientists developed a method to enhance receivers based on quantum physics properties to dramatically increase network performance while significantly reducing the error bit rate and energy consumption.

AI Leadership for Healthcare: Virtual Information Sessions Set for March 31, April 12

Maryland Smith’s Office of Executive Education will detail in depth a one-of-a-kind professional certificate program is designed for healthcare administrators, clinical and hospital professionals, consultants and other professionals to effectively lead the future of AI-enabled healthcare.