Stephen A. Smith, Ph.D.
J.C. Penney Research Professor
Professor of Operations and Management Information Systems
Santa Clara University
Stephen A. Smith is a Professor of Operations and MIS in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He has served as Department Chair and also as Associate Director of the Retail Workbench and Education Center. He was previously a Principal of Pricing Strategy Associates, a consulting partnership serving the electric power industry. Before joining Santa Clara, he also worked as a Research Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He has received the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship and was chosen Faculty Senate Professor in 2004.
Professor Smith teaches operations management and computer modeling classes at the Undergraduate and MBA levels at Santa Clara University. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Environmental Studies Institute and has developed a course in Environmental Economics. He is currently on the editorial board of International Commerce Review, and has served as Associate Editor of Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Industrial Engineering Transactions.
Professor Smith's current research focuses on retail supply chain management and economic models of environmental decisions. He is an author of over sixty research publications, which have appeared in a variety of journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Marketing Research, Econometrica and Journal of Economic Theory, and two books: Service Opportunities for Electric Utilities and Retail Supply Chain Management, which was published in 2009.
Professor Smith received a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Mathematics. He has consulted for various retailers including Target, The Gap and Levi Strauss, and has served as technical advisor to three software companies that developed decision support systems for retailers.