Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Dean KaynamaI am proud to introduce the thirteenth issue of the Baltimore Business Review: A Maryland Journal. Every year the Baltimore Business Review presents a collaboration that showcases the strengths of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at Towson University and the Baltimore CFA Society, creating a wonderful publication that highlights the Maryland business community and beyond.

Building on last year’s issue and continuing to support our vision, this edition of the Baltimore Business Review discusses several different topics that encompass the perspectives of scholars, students, and practitioners. Each brings their own unique voice to discuss relevant issues.

In this issue, two articles illustrate the ways that Maryland businesses have coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically exploring how entrepreneurs have been able to be fluid and adapt within the Greater Baltimore area and how PPP loans have been distributed from banks to different businesses in the counties across Maryland to help facilitate business development in these unchartered times. Further, this issue presents two collaborative works between faculty and students. First, we present a discussion about how the training of poll workers in the Maryland election system provided a model to help reduce cyber, physical, and insider threats to an organization’s data and security. Second, an article examines how increased gender diversity on corporate boards has a positive financial impact for a firm’s shareholders and presents implications for diversity and inclusion in the corporate board room. Finally, we present a survey from the student-run Towson University Investment Group that evaluates the knowledge of our students on investment decision making and risk management.

I would like to express my appreciation to everyone that contributed to this issue of the Baltimore Business Review. It is their time and effort that made  this publication possible. We are delighted that you are joining us as readers, and as always, we look forward to hearing any feedback.

Best regards,
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Shohreh A. Kaynama, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business and Economics