Michael D. Smith

Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Heinz College and Joint Appointment at Tepper School of Business




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Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Ph D - 2000
University of Maryland - MS - 1996
University of Maryland - BS - 1991


Michael D. Smith is a Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and the Co-Director of IDEA, the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds academic appointments at the School of Information Systems and Management and the Tepper School of Business. He received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Professor Smith's research uses economic and statistical techniques to analyze firm and consumer behavior in online markets — specifically markets for digital information and digital media products. His research in this area has been published in leading Management Science, Economics, and Marketing journals and in leading professional journals including The Harvard Business Review and The Sloan Management Review. His research has also been covered by press outlets including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired and Business Week. Professor Smith has received several awards for his teaching and research including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Research Award, the 2009 and 2004 Best Teacher Awards in Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Information Systems Management program, the best published paper award runner-up for Information Systems Research in 2006, and best paper nominations at the International Conference on Information Systems and the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences. He was also recently selected as one of the top 100 “emerging engineering leaders in the United States” by the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Smith has served on the editorial boards of a variety of top journals including as a Senior Editor at Information Systems Research and as an Associate Editor at Management Science and Management Information Systems Quarterly. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Professor 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, Professor Smith was awarded a patent for research applying fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence techniques to the design and operation of telecommunications networks.


  • An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Pre-Release Movie Piracy on Box-Office Revenue

    (author(s): Liye Ma, Alan Montgomery, Param Singh, Michael Smith) Information Systems Research 25(3), 2014; 590-603

  • The Impact of Shopbot Use on Prices and Price Dispersion: Evidence from Online Book Retailing

    (author(s): Zhulei Tang, Michael Smith, Alan Montgomery) International Journal of Industrial Organization 28(6), 2010; 579-590

  • No Meaningful Impact: The Effect of Pre-release Piracy on Movie Box Office Sales

    (author(s): liye ma, Alan Montgomery, Param Singh, Michael Smith) Statistical Challenges in Electronic Commerce Research, 2009

  • No Meaningful Impact: The Effect of Pre-release Piracy on Movie Box Office Sales

    (author(s): liye ma, Alan Montgomery, Param Singh, Michael Smith) Workshop on Information Systems Economics, 2009

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  • The Dual Impact of Movie Piracy on Box-Office Revenue: Cannibalization and Promotion

    (author(s): Liye Ma, Alan Montgomery, Michael Smith) Management Science


  • Workshop on Information Systems and Economics, Co-Chair (2006 - )
  • Workshop on the Economics of Peer-to-Peer Systems, Program Committee (2003 - )


  • Senior Editor, Information Systems Research (January 2009 -)
  • Associate Editor, Information Systems Research (January 2003 -)
  • Associate Editor, MIS Quarterly (January 2008 - 2009)
  • Associate Editor, Management Science (January 2004 - 2008)


    2015 Mini 4 Section: A
    2014 Mini 4 Section: A
    2013 Section: A3
  • Interactive Marketing (70488)
    2012 Section: A3
    2010 Mini 3 Section: A
    2007 Section: A
  • Internet Marketing (70488)
    2005 Section: A
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