Beath obtained her BA in Psychology from Duke University in 1966, and then moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained her MBA in Computer and Information Systems in 1975, and her PhD in Computer and Information Systems in 1986
Beath started her career in the private industry, where she held positions in the information systems development firms and in consultancy. After her promotion she was appointed Professor at the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business. She is also affiliated with the MIT Center for Information Systems Research.
Beath received a Fulbright Scholar award in 1993; a Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program (DRMS) Program Grant of the National Science Foundation in 1998; and an Advanced Practices Council (APC) grant from the Society for Information Management (SIM) in 2006.
Her research interests are in the fields of information system (development, implementation, management and maintenance) and information services, particularly vendor-client relationships.
Beath authored and co-authored many publications in her field of expertise. Books:
- Swanson, E. Burton, and Cynthia Mathis Beath. Maintaining information systems in organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1989.
Articles, a selection:
- Beath, Cynthia Mathis. "Supporting the information technology champion." MIS quarterly (1991): 355-372.
- Ang, Soon, and Cynthia Mathis Beath. "Hierarchical elements in software contracts." Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce 3.3 (1993): 329-361.
- Beath, Cynthia Mathis, and Wanda J. Orlikowski. "The contradictory structure of systems development methodologies: deconstructing the IS-user relationship in information engineering." Information Systems Research 5.4 (1994): 350-377.
- Silver, Mark S., M. Lynne Markus, and Cynthia Mathis Beath. "The information technology interaction model: a foundation for the MBA core course." MIS quarterly (1995): 361-390.
- Ross, Jeanne W., Cynthia Mathis Beath, and Dale L. Goodhue. "Develop long-term competitiveness through IT assets." Sloan management review 38.1 (1996): 31-42.
- Cynthia Beath at mccombs.utexas.edu, 2013.
- Center for Information Systems Research: Faculty & Staff, Accessed November 19, 2013.
- Cynthia Mathis Beath at DBLP Bibliography Server
- Cynthia Beath at McCombs School of Business