The global economy has been
transformed in fundamental ways by information, communication, and other
advanced technologies. From complex supply chains that span the globe, to
electronic markets where businesses and consumers interact, to enterprise
technologies that alter the way in which business processes are executed, the
scale and scope of these transformations is extensive. Today’s executives
need to understand and cope with the changes wrought by technology. How do
they manage, leverage, and harness the power of these technologies for business
efficiency and effectiveness? The Smith School responds to this challenge by
being thought leaders in a digital world, and by infusing our undergraduate and
MBA programs with leading-edge courses that enhance the knowledge, skills and
capabilities of the future generations of business executives.
Research and Thought Leadership
Smith School boasts of an information systems group that is ranked in the
top-5 in the world. faculty provide thought leadership in managing and
exploiting technology-enabled opportunities. Leading edge, rigorous, and
interdisciplinary research across traditional management disciplines focuses on
important questions such as how do electronic markets create economic value?
What are the implementation challenges associated with complex technologies and
how can they be addressed? How do pricing, advertising, product bundling
and other important marketing decisions change in technology mediated settings?
What are the effects of technological capabilities on business models, revenue
generation opportunities, and competition? When and how much should firms
invest in information technologies? What are the behavioral and social dynamics
of technology-mediated virtual teams and how can they be made more effective?
What are the implications of open-source software development for the software
industry? How do organizations derive knowledge and business intelligence
from their extensive data assets? How do managers drive more
evidence-based and data-driven decision making throughout the organization?
And how can the power of information and decision technologies be leveraged to
reduce medical errors and drive cost-efficiencies into the healthcare system?
The insights and business principles generated through faculty research
permeate the Smith curriculum, and Smith School students gain the benefit of
this world class faculty scholarship. Innovative coursework focuses on
topics such as data mining and business intelligence, the outsourcing and
offshoring industry, corporate transformation through IT, information systems
and strategy, and technology entrepreneurship. The Smith graduate can
enter the real world with a firm understanding of how to better guide their
organization and navigate the complexity of a business environment where
innovation and change driven by technological developments has become an
inescapable reality. Through partnerships with leading corporations such
as SAP, Reuters, Oracle, and Sprint Nextel, the Smith School also provides
students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with major software
The undergraduate program has a required course that introduces students to
the implications of modern information and communications technologies in global
business. There are thriving majors that reflect the extensive nature of
decision and information technologies: information systems, operations
management, and supply chain management. In each case, the students learn in a
pedagogical environment that integrates theory, practice, experience and
experiment. The MBA program provides the students with a choice of required
information systems courses, either an overview of the state-of-art of the
technology, or the strategic use of technology. There are courses that highlight
the organizational impact of technology, online business models, health case
informatics, and data modeling and design.
Van Munching Hall, home to the Smith School, is a state-of the-art building
with sophisticated computing and electronic communication capabilities.
The University of Maryland's wireless network is one of the largest in the
country with over 2,000 access points providing convenient, safe and secure
wireless access in more than 100 buildings on campus.
The Smith School's cutting-edge netcentricity labs - behavioral, e-markets,
financial, business simulation, and supply chain - and
research centers provide
students and faculty with the opportunity to explore both the immediate and
long-range challenges facing organizations in partnership with corporate
leadership across a wide variety of industries. Several centers focus on
different facets of the business opportunities created by technological
advances, including the Center on Human Capital, Innovation, and Technology, the
Center for E-Services, the Center for Electronic Markets and Enterprises, and
the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems.
The Smith community has access to its own information technology support
system - the Office of Smith IT
- located conveniently inside Van Munching Hall. On-call technology support for
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors is available on a walk-in basis,
via phone, e-mail, and even real-time, online. The team of more than 20 is
constantly evaluating new technology and looking at ways to improve the
techniques we use educate and conduct business in the digital and global