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Michael Smith

Michael D. Smith is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and co-director of the Center for Digital Media Research at Carnegie Mellon University, with appointments at the Heinz College’s School of Information Systems and Management and the Tepper School of Business. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and his Masters of Science in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Dr. Smith's research relates to analyzing structure and competition in online markets and substitution effects between legitimate digital distribution channels, piracy channels, and physical channels for media products. His research in this area has been published in leading Management Science, Economics, and Marketing journals and covered by popular outlets including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Time Magazine and Business Week. He also jointly conducted some of the first academic research into the social welfare impact of increased product variety in Internet markets. This work was cited in Chris Anderson's bestselling book "The Long Tail."

Dr. Smith has received several awards for his teaching and research including the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER Award, the best published paper award runner-up for Information Systems Research in 2006, and the Best Teacher Award in the Masters of Information Systems Management program in 2004 and 2009. He currently serves as a senior editor at Information Systems Research.

Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Smith worked extensively in the telecommunications and information systems industries, first with GTE in their laboratories, telecommunications, and satellite business units and subsequently with Booz Allen and Hamilton as a member of their telecommunications client service team. While with GTE, Dr. Smith was awarded a patent for research applying fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence techniques to the design and operation of telecommunications networks.

Resume and CV

Selected Published Works

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Google WPP Marketing Research Award for “Channels and Conflict: Efficient Marketing Strategies for Digital Distribution Channels,” (with Rahul Telang), February 2010.
  • Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Gift for “Advertising Strategies for Social Networks,” (with Nachi Sahoo), November 2009.
  • Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation (CAPRI) Research Grant for “The Impact of Digital Music Distribution on Physical Sales and Internet Piracy,” (with Brett Danaher and Rahul Telang), March 2009.
  • Motion Pictures Laboratory Research Grant, “Analysis of Piracy in Online Secondary Markets,” (with Rahul Telang), 2007.
  • NET Institute Summer Research Grant, “Standards Competition in the Presence of Conversion Technology: An Empirical Analysis of the Flash Memory Market,” (with Charles Liu and Chris Kemerer), 2007.
  • Best Published Paper Award Runer-Up, Information Systems Research, 2007, “Internet Exchanges for Used Books: An Empirical Analysis of Product Cannibalization and Welfare Impact,” with Anindya Ghose, and Rahul Telang.
  • Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation (CAPRI) Research Grant for “Competing with Free: The Impact of Movie Broadcasts on DVD Sales and Internet Piracy,” (with Rahul Telang), October 2006.
  • NSF CAREER Award, "Designing Efficient Information Exchanges: A Program for Research and Teaching, IIS-04485216, 2005-2010.
  • MISM Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, 2005.
  • NET Institute Summer Research Grant, "Incentives and Protocols for Self-Organizing Interest-Based Peer-to-Peer Networks," (with Rahul Telang), 2004.
  • MISM Teaching Excellence Award Winner, 2004.
  • Best Paper Award Nomination, 2004 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).
  • Best Paper Award Runner-Up, 2004 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).
  • Amazon.com Research Grant, 2003.
  • Marketing Science Institute Research Award, "The Profitability of Shopbot Design," #4-1191 (with Alan Montgomery), 2002.
  • Best Paper Award Runner-Up, 2002 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002.
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute Faculty Development Grant, 2001.
  • Berkman Faculty Development Award, 2000.

Selected Service Activities

  • Senior Editor, Information Systems Research, 2009-Present.
  • Associate Editor, MIS Quarterly, 2008-2010.
  • Associate Editor, Management Science, 2004-2008.
  • Associate Editor, Information Systems Research, 2003-2006.
  • Associate Editor, Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce, 2003-Present.
  • Co-Chair, Workshop on Information Systems and Economics, 2006.
  • Program Committee, Workshop on the Economics of Peer-to-Peer Systems, Berkeley, CA, June 2003.

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