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.

Study Indicates Deliberate Hiring of Unethical Management Accountants

Dark personality traits — questionable ethical standards, narcissistic tendencies – are often framed as an accidental byproduct of selecting earnings managers who fit the stereotype of a strong leader. But new research in the Journal of Business Ethics finds this is often no accident.

Brain Disease Research Reveals Differences Between Sexes

In APL Bioengineering, University of Maryland scientists highlight a growing body of research suggesting sex differences play roles in how patients respond to brain diseases, as well as multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, and other brain ailments. They are urging their colleagues to remember those differences when researching treatments and cures.

Climate Risk Management for Financial Organizations: Maryland Smith’s Rossi to Present Recommendations to FHFA

Maryland Smith’s Clifford Rossi recommends the FHFA integrate climate risk management governance and processes into its existing enterprise risk management work. He says the agency should determine how much credit risk exposure is associated with specific types of natural disasters and climate-related events.

Business Leader Insights, Virtual Networking on Tap for Maryland Smith’s Women Inspire

Women business leaders — Deloitte’s Wendy Sanhai and Route One Apparel’s Ali von Paris — will share insights via a panel discussion followed by participants engaging in virtual networking, as the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosts “Women Inspire,” via Zoom, on March 4.

Payment Protection Program Reform: Maryland Smith Expert (Former U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy) Available

This week, President Biden is announcing changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that include a two-week window that allows only businesses with fewer than 20 employees to apply for loans. Michael Faulkender, professor of finance at the University of Maryland’s…

Experts to Discuss the Impact of Finance on Society

Academics William N. Goetzmann (Yale) and Russell Wermers (University of Maryland) will explore the past, present and future of financial technologies and institutions affecting society in “Does Money Change Everything,” a free, Feb. 17 webinar hosted by Maryland Smith.

UMD Experts to Explore Climate Change Policy Implications for Financial Risk Managers

Experts Clifford Rossi and Leon Clarke at the University of Maryland lead a discussion on “Cracking the Code on Climate Change Economic Scenarios: Issues in Translating Physical to Financial Risks.”

Super Bowl Ads Critique: Maryland Smith Experts Available

Consumer behavior and advertising experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to critique this year’s Super Bowl commercials. The experts are marketing professors Henry C. Boyd III, Amna Kirmani and Judy Frels. Boyd…

COVID Vaccine: Focus on Distribution Speed Over Allocation Prioritization, says Supply Chain Systems Expert

University of Maryland Professor Emeritus Michael O. Ball, a researcher and expert on supply chain management and system reliability, is available to discuss his position that perfect adherence to COVID vaccine allocation prioritization “is not the most desirable way to…

Noncompetes Stifle Workers: Concluding Research Forthcoming in Multiple Publications

The debate over whether noncompete agreements help or hurt employees is addressed in four research papers forthcoming in top journals and co-authored by management professor Evan Starr at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The results, he says,…

Webinar: Artificial Intelligence, Firm Growth and Industry Concentration

Research into the positive effects of artificial intelligence on firms will be discussed in a Dec. 2 webinar hosted by the Center for Financial Policy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.