A&M-Commerce has a genuine interest in its students, ensuring that learning objectives are met.

Marcus Smith Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
Engineering & Technology
AG/ET 213A
Related Department
Engineering and Technology
St. Louis, Missouri
College Major
Business Administration
Year Graduated

Marcus Smith has more than 35 years’ experience in the field of information technology as an industry practitioner and consultant, including ten years as a chief information officer for three companies. Smith has served at the Center for the Application of Information Technology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently, on the board of advisors for the computer science department at his alma mater, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Smith spends much of his time volunteering in the community and on church committees. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for more than 50 years in various roles, first as a scout and later as an adult leader.

A Conversation with Dr. Smith

What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?

“A&M-Commerce has a genuine interest in its students, ensuring that learning objectives are met. This interest does not end with graduation. It continues through the length of the graduate’s career. As a personal contribution to this principle, I recently developed and delivered a job interview workshop designed to help our students perform their best in those otherwise stressful events.”

What draws you to your discipline?

“It all started with a project I did as a senior in high school where I was introduced to computers and programming. I entered the computer science program at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall of 1972. At the time, the university was one of a handful of institutions offering a full, four-year degree in computer science. From that point, I progressed through various IT-related positions, eventually turning to the management of IT departments for various companies. This industry experience was coupled with best practice experiences I gained at three major consulting firms before launching my own consulting practice.”

What has been your favorite course to teach?

“Easily, it has been Management of Technology in Organizations. My objective in going back to school to complete my DBA was to secure a graduate-level teaching position where I could pass along my experiences. To that point, I recall walking into class on day one and announcing to the students that they could forget what the course catalog named the course. I suggested a better name for the course was ‘How to Be a CIO and Not Get Your A** Fired!’ It was a great semester of back-and-forth discussions about handling certain situations, remembering that IT people are also business people, etc.”

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

“My current project is an extension of my previous work on the personal motivation factors that affect the decisions of IT executives when it comes to introducing disruptive technologies such as cloud computing at their companies. While other researchers have focused on risks and cost/benefit of the technology itself, my concentration has been on the personal risk to the executive in the event of a failure.”

Educational Background

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Technology Management, TAMUC, 2017-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Adjunct Professor, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Adjunct Professor, Schreiner University

Research Interests

  • Cloud Computing (dissertation subject)
  • Personal Motivation Factors
  • Strategic Planning
  • Ethics

Selected Publications

  • Smith, M. L. 2020. Does the Age of an IT Executive Impact Adoption Levels of Cloud Computing Services? International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2020 (3).
  • Smith, M. L., Gonzalez, M. D. 2014. Are Cloud Computing Services Adoption Trends Changing? Franklin Business & Law, 2014 (3).
  • Smith, M. L. 2020. Preliminary Results of Study to Determine if Age of IT Executives Impacts Adoption Rates of Cloud Computing Services. 51st Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute.
  • Smith, M. L. 2019. Proposed Study to Identify Conditions Impacting Decision Factors Considered by Information Technology Executives: Their Impacts on Business Intentions and Consequent Cloud Computing Services Adoption Rates. 50th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute.

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