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Dr. Delmonize Smith is an associate professor of management at the Saunders College of Business, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, leadership, and organizational behavior. He is also the director of RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE).

He has extensive management experience in industries such as healthcare, IT, education, and government. He has served in numerous roles throughout his career, including systems analyst in the U.S. Army, consultant for Fortune 500 companies, management scholar, and serial entrepreneur.

Dr. Smith's research focuses on the growth of minority-based businesses. He has published in leading journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Business Research, and Management Decision.

He is an active board member of the Venture Jobs Foundation, Seneca Park Zoo, and Discovery Charter School. The Rochester Business Journal previously named him an honoree of their Forty Under 40 award, which recognizes professionals younger than 40 years of age for service in their jobs and in the community.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Faulkner University, Masters of Science in Management from Troy University, and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information
Dr. Smith is not teaching this semester.

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042
  • Ph.D. in Management from University of Alabama, 2007
  • M.S. in Management from Troy University, 2003
  • B.B.A. in Management from Faulkner University, 2002
  • President | FoxWise Technologies USA | 2012-Present
  • Founder and President | D.A. Smith & Associates | 2008-2012
  • Founder and President | Technetium Group, Inc. | 2001-2003
  • Executive Vice President | Realtime IT Support Center | 2000-2001
  • Senior Network Communications Analyst | McKesson | 1999-2000
  • Senior Network Analyst | Memorial Hermann | 1998-1999
  • Information Systems Analyst | Kelsey-Seybold | 1997-1998
  • Information Systems Analyst | U.S. Army | 1994-1997
Expertise [expertise maps]
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Technology: impact on people at work
  • Urban economic development
  • Board of Trustees, Discovery Charter School
  • Board of Trustees, Seneca Park Zoo
  • Academy of Management
  • Board of Trustees - Venture Jobs Foundation
Professional Certifications
  • Leadership Assessment Certification, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Forty Under 40, Rochester Business Journal - - 2009
  • Emerging African American Leaders, Democrat and Chronicle - - 2009

Journal Articles

  • Smith, D., & Tang, Z. (2013). The Growth Performance of Top African American Firms. Management Decision, 51 (1).
  • Blount, I., Smith, D., & Hill, J. (2013). Minority Business Networks as Sources of Social Capital for Minority Firms. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 19 (3).
  • Smith, D., & Tang, Z. (2012). How Does State Ownership Affect Pollution Control? Evidence from the Chinese Iron and Steel Industry. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 7 (3), 173-190.
  • Smith, D., & Slay, H. (2011). Professional Identity Construction: Using Narrative to Understand the Negotiation of Professional and Stigmatized Cultural Identities. Human Relations, 64 (1), 85-107.
  • Smith, D., & Lohrke, F. (2008). Entrepreneurial Network Development: Trusting in the Process. Journal of Business Research, 64 (4), 315-322.
  • Smith, D., Tang, Z., & Hale, J. (2008). Deriving a Taxonomy of IT Transition Costs. Journal of Information Technology Management, 19 (3), 21-26.


  • Smith, D. (2011). AOM PDW: Black Faces in White Places - Redefining the Black Experience in Organizations, the Economy and Society. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., Hair, R., & Cheung, F. (2009). The Influence of Virtualness on Onboarding within Virtual Teams: A Call for Further Research. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., & Johnson, D. (2008). Exploring the Relationship Between Employee Socialization and Role-Based Performance. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., & Slay, H. (2008). Reconciling Professional and Social Identity: The Role of Stigmatized Identity in Professional Identity Construction/Negotiation. Qualitative Research in Management & Organization.
  • Smith, D., & Johnson, D. (2006). The Impact of Perceived Knowledge and Individual Differences on Newcomer Socialization Preferences. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., Tang, Z., & Hale, J. (2006). Deriving a Taxonomy of IT Transition Costs. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., & Kacmar, M. (2006). Throwing the Relationship between LMX and Role Conflict for a Curve. Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Smith, D., & Johnson, D. (2005). The Employment and Integration of Blacks in Industry: A Historical Management Perspective. Southern Management Association.
  • Smith, D., Murphy, L., & Powell, B. (2004). Some Managerial Implications of the Digital Divide for US Small and Medium Enterprises. MIS Research Center/Center for Research on Information Technology in Organizations.
  • Smith, D. (2004). A Resource-Based View of IT Investment Evaluations. Southern Management Association.
  • Smith, D. (2004). The Effects of Newcomer Individualism-Collectivism Orientation on Socialization Outcomes. Southern Management Association.

Research Grant

  • 2013: Smith, D., Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs. $0.00 awarded

  • 2012: Smith, D., Future Business Leaders' Experience. $25,000.00 awarded

Working Paper

  • 2013: Smith, D., Exploring the Performance Disparity between African American and Majority-Owned Firms.