Michael D. Smith

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Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Heinz College and Joint Appointment at Tepper School of Business
Co-Director, Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA)

  • University of Maryland - B.S.E.E. - 1991
  • University of Maryland - M.S. - 1996
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Ph.D. - 2000
Areas of Expertise:
  • Information Systems
Teaching and Research Interests:
  • Electronic commerce and marketing, structure and competition in online markets, impact of digital distribution on consumer demand for piracy and physical media products.
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Published Papers: 
Working Papers: 
  • "Piracy and Copyright Enforcement Mechanisms"
    in Lerner and Stern (ed.) "Innovation Policy and the Economy, Vol. 14", University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, (2014).
    (with: B. Danaher, Rahul Telang)

  • "The Great Experiment: Pricing on the Internet"
    in Lowry, Cherrington and Watson (ed.) Handbook of Electronic Commerce in Business and Society, 139-152, New York: CRC Press, (2001).
    (with: Karen Clay, Ramayya Krishnan)

  • "Understanding Digital Markets: Review and Assessment"
    in Brynjolffson and Kahin (ed.) Understanding the Digital Economy, 99-136, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, (2000).
    (with: Joseph Bailey, Erik Brynjolfsson)

  • Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University (IDEA@cmu), unrestricted gift from the Motion Picture Association of America to analyze the impact of digitization on the motion picture industry - October 2012
  • Google Research Award for “Broken Windows? The Future of International Distribution Windows in a Global Media Market” (with Rahul Telang) - June 2011
  • Google Research Award for “Estimating The Welfare Gain From Digitization of ‘Out-Of-Print’ Books” (with Rahul Telang) - May 2011
  • International Intellectual Property Institute and United States Patent and Trademark Office for “Statistical Analysis of the Impact of Camcording Piracy” (with Rahul Telang) - April 2011
  • Marketing Science Institute and Wharton Interactive Media Initiative Research Award for “Modeling Multichannel Customer Behavior,” (with Anuj Kumar and Rahul Telang) - June 2010
  • Google WPP Marketing Research Award, with Rahul Telang - February 2010
  • NSF CAREER Award, "Designing Efficient Information Exchanges: A Program for Research and Teaching NSF Award Number IIS-04485216, 2005-2010 - 2005
  • MISM Teaching Excellence Award Nomination - 2005
  • Best Paper Award Nomination, 2004 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - 2004
  • MISM Teaching Excellence Award Winner - 2004
  • Best Paper Award Runner-Up, 2004 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) - 2004
  • NET Institute Summer Research Grant, - 2004 and 2007
  • MISM/MSIT Best Teacher Award - 2004, 2009
  • Amazon.com Research Grant - 2003
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Outstanding Faculty Award - 2002
  • Best Paper Award Runner-Up, 2002 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - 2002
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute Faculty Development Grant - 2001
  • Berkman Faculty Development Award - 2000
Editorial Boards:
  • Information Systems Research (Senior Editor), 2009-2012
  • MIS Quarterly (Associate Editor), 2008-2009
  • Management Science (Associate Editor), 2004-2008
  • Information Systems Research (Associate Editor), 2003-
Other Professional Activities:
  • Co-Director, Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA) 2012-Present
  • Co-Chair, Workshop on Information Systems and Economics 2006
  • Program Committee, Workshop on the Economics of Peer-to-Peer Systems 2003
  • U.S. Patent 5,787,235: Fuzzy logic-based evidence fusion tool for network analysis, with Allen Bonde, Gregory Catherine, Rosemarie Napolitano, and Diane Wolfe 1998
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