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Cynthia Beath

Professor Emeritus

Department:     Information, Risk & Operations Management

Additional Titles:     Professor Emerita

Industry Areas:     Computer Systems, Information Technology, Software

Research Areas:     Information Systems

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Cynthia Beath, Professor Emerita, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management. Cynthia received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. Her research interests include organization redesign for the digital era, the management of data assets, and the organizational impacts of artificial intelligence.



AIS LEO (lifetime achievement award)


AIS Women's Network Mentoring Award


AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award


AIS Fellow


SIM/APC Research Grant


SMU Cox School Sartain Award (for faculty mentoring)


Barbara Wixom, Cynthia M. Beath, and Leslie Owens. 2023. Data Is Everybody's Business, MIT Press, forthcoming.

Wietske van Osch and Cynthia M. Beath. 2021. COVID-19 and Caregiving IS Researchers: In the same storm, but not in the same boat. Communications of the AIS.

Jeanne W. Ross and Cynthia M. Beath. 2020. Why You -- Yes You -- Need Enterprise Architecture. Sloan Management Review.

Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath and Martin Mocker. 2019. Designed for Digital: How to Architect your Business for Sustained Success, MIT Press.

Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath and Martin Mocker. 2019. Creating Digital Offerings Customers Will Buy. Sloan Management Review.

Monideepa Tarafdar, Cynthia M. Beath and Jeanne W. Ross. 2019. Using AI to Enhance Business Operations Sloan Management Review.

Monideepa Tarafdar, Cynthia M. Beath and Jeanne W. Ross. 2017. Enterprise Cognitive Computing Applications: Opportunities and Challenges. IEEE IT Professional 19 (4).

Ina M. Sebastian, Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia Beath and others. How Big Old Companies Navigate Digital Transformation. 2017. MIS Quarterly Executive.

Jeanne W. Ross, Ina M. Sebastian and Cynthia M. Beath. 2017. How to Develop a Great Digital StrategySloan Management Review.

Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath and Anne Quaadras. 2013. You May Not Need Big Data After All. Harvard Business Review.

Cynthia Beath, Irma Becerra-Fernandez and James Short. 2012. Finding Value in the Information Explosion. Sloan Management Review.

Cynthia M. Beath, K.P. Gallagher, and et al. 2008. The Requisite Variety of Skills for IT Professionals. Communications of the ACM, forthcoming.

Cynthia M. Beath and Ritu Agarwal. 2007. Grooming the 2010 CIO, A report for the Society of Information Management Advanced Practices Council. CIO Insight.

Cynthia M. Beath and Jeanne Ross. 2006. Sustainable IT Outsourcing Success: Let Enterprise Architecture Be Your Guide. MIS Quarterly Executive.

Cynthia M. Beath and Phil Zweig and others. 2006. The Information Technology Workforce: Trends and Implications, 2005-2008. MIS Quarterly Executive.

Cynthia M. Beath, Ann Majchrzak, Ricardo Lim, and Wynne Chin. 2005. Managing Client Dialogs During Information Systems Design to Facilitate Client Learning. MIS Quarterly 29 (4).

Jeanne W. Ross and Cynthia M. Beath. 2002. Beyond the Business Case: New Approaches to IT Investment. MIT Sloan Management Review 43, 51-59.

Cynthia M. Beath. 2001. Examining The Shareholder Wealth Effect Of Announcements Of Newly Created Cio Positions. MIS Quarterly 25.

Uday M. Apte, Cynthia M. Beath, and Chon-Huat Goh. 1999. An Analysis of Production Line Versus the Case Manager Approach to Information Intensive Service. Decision Sciences 30, 1105-1129.

Jeanne W. Ross, Michael R. Vitale, and Cynthia M. Beath. 1999. The Untapped Potential of IT Chargeback. MIS Quarterly 23, 215-237.

Cynthia M. Beath and Gordon Walker. 1998. Outsourcing of Application Software: A Knowledge Management Perspective, in Proceedings of the Thirty First Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 666-674.

Cynthia M. Beath, G. George D'Elia, J. Joseph Branin, and Nancy Rohde. 1997. Challenges Encountered During the Implementation of the Integrated Information Center at the University of Minnesota. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 48, 438-441.

Cynthia M. Beath. 1996. Avid Career Women: Cynthia Mathis Beath, in Scaling the Ivory Tower: Career Decision of Women in Business School Faculties, Dianne Cyr and Blaize Horner Reich, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath, and Dale L. Goodhue. 1996. Develop Long-Term Competitiveness Through Information Technology Assets. MIT Sloan Management Review 38, 31-42.

Laurie Kirsch and Cynthia M. Beath. 1996. The Enactments and Consequences of Token, Shared and Compliant Participation in Information Systems Development. Accounting, Management and Information Technologies 6, 221-254.

Mark S. Silver, M. Lynne Markus, and Cynthia M. Beath. 1995. The Information Technology Interaction Model: A Model for the MBA Core Course. MIS Quarterly 19, 361-390.

Cynthia M. Beath and Wanda J. Orlikowski. 1994. The Contradictory Structure of Systems Development Methodologies: Deconstructing the IS-User Relationship. Information Engineering 5, 350-377.

Soon Ang and Cynthia M. Beath. 1993. Hierarchical Elements in Software Contracts. Journal of Organizational Computing 3, 329-361.

Cynthia M. Beath, Jeanne W. Ross, and Dale Goodhue. 1993. Reinventing the IS Organization: Information Resource Management in Leading-Edge US Firms, in Proceedings of the 1993 Pan Pacific Conference on Information Systems, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 193-199.

Cynthia M. Beath. 1991. Supporting the Information Technology Champion. MIS Quarterly 15, 355-374.

E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath. 1990. Departmentalization in Software Development and Maintenance. Communications of the ACM 33, 658-667.

Detmar W. Straub and Cynthia M. Beath. 1990. Information Delivery Systems in the 1990's: The Local Integrated Knowledge Network (LINKNET). Data Base 21, 30-40.

Cynthia M. Beath and Detmar W. Straub. 1989. Managing Information Resources at the Department Level: An Agency Perspective, in Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 151-159.

E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath. 1989. Organizational Foundations for Maintenance. Journal of Software Maintenance 1, 47-58.

E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath. 1989. Reconstructing the Systems Development Organization. MIS Quarterly 13, 293-307.

Cynthia M. Beath and Blake Ives. 1988. The Information Technology Champion: Aiding and Abetting, Care and Feeding, in Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 115-123.

E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath. 1988. The Use of Case Study Data in Software Management Research. The Journal of Systems and Software 8, 63-71.

Cynthia M. Beath. 1987. Managing the User Relationship in Information Systems Development Projects: A Transaction Governance Approach, in Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, 415-427.

Cynthia M. Beath and Blake Ives. 1986. Competitive Information Systems in Support of Pricing. MIS Quarterly 10, 85-96.

Michael Vitale, Blake Ives, and Cynthia M. Beath. 1986. Linking Information Technology and Corporate Strategy: An Organizational View. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information Systems 15-17, 265-276.

E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath. 1986. The Demographics of Software Maintenance Management, in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information Systems, San Diego, CA, 313-326.

Cynthia M. Beath. 1983. Strategies for Managing MIS Projects: A Transaction Cost Approach, in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Information Systems, Houston, TX, 133-147.