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Orfalea College of Business

Barry D. Floyd

Barry D. Floyd

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Phone 805-756-6551
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Professor Emeritus, Information Systems & Management

Barry D. Floyd

Professor Floyd is a professor emeritus of Information Systems and Management at the Orfalea College of Business. Floyd’s research interests include simplicity in IT design and development, healthcare information systems, IT in education, and distance learning among others. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Journal of Management Education, Journal of Systems Management, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Management Science, IEEE Computer, Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, and Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. Professor Floyd has served on the program committee of several conferences among which are the IEEE COMPSAC Symposium on Computer Education, Learning and Teaching (CELT), the workshop on Open Education Resources (OER), and the International Workshop on Advanced Visual Knowledge Management Tools (AVKMT).  

Professor Floyd participated in research grants such as ITSy – “IT Simply Works”, an EU FET Support Action (2010 – 2011), “A Study of Alternative Teacher Certification Programs” ($1,022,000) funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and a US Navy grant to develop computer-based training on environmental awareness. 

Professor Floyd has taught courses covering topics such as database design and development, programming, enterprise information systems, e-commerce, systems analysis and design, human resource information systems, database administration, database auditing, and accounting information systems. In addition to technology focused classes, Floyd has taught courses on business negotiations, leadership, and international business.  

Professor Floyd designed and taught the first accounting information systems class offered at the OCOB (1991 – 1992). As OCOB Director of Graduate Programs, Floyd organized one of the first OCOB MBA study abroad programs, taking students to the Tec de Monterrey in Cuernavaca, Mexico (2001 – 2003). Floyd was one of the first at Cal Poly to adopt distance learning technologies, working with CIO John Dutra at Sun Microsystem on their Distributed Tutored Video Instruction (DTVI) project (1995 – 1996) and with Professor Tom Athey at Cal Poly Pomona co-teaching a joint MBA class from the two campuses (1993 – 1994) sharing lectures in real time.  

Professor Floyd has received over 25 awards and honors for his excellence in education including Outstanding IS Professor (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017), Faculty Emeritus Award (given by OCOB emeritus faculty) (1995, 2007, 2009, 2014), ISA Best Information Systems Professor Award (2014), Management Area Most Outstanding Faculty (1994, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008),  MBA Outstanding Faculty / Advisor Award (2003), OCOB Outstanding Faculty Award (1996), Professional Excellence Award (1995), MBA Most Involved Professor (1995), MBA Most Outstanding Professor (1994), Management of Technology Award, (1991), NCR Computer Award (1991), and Excellence in Teaching Award (Stern, NYU, 1989). Professor Floyd was twice a finalist for the Cal Poly University Distinguished Teaching Award (2000, 2006). 

Professor Floyd has been active in international education, taking Cal Poly students to Thailand (2001, 2005, 2007, 2009), Vietnam (2007), Germany (2008), and Cuba (2016, 2017) and, through the USAC program at the University of Nevada-Reno, to Italy (2011), China (2012) and England (2010). Floyd has organized and conducted study abroad trips for Executive MBA students at the University of Potsdam to California’s tech industry, visiting companies such as Apple, Nor1, Ologic, Promega, eBay, Cisco, Chevron, Hyperion, NetApp, Google, Facebook, and Amgen among others (2012, 2014, 2018).   

In 2011 – 2012 Professor Floyd was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Full Professor grant at the University of Potsdam, Germany. 

Floyd is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Immersive Software Engineering integrated BSc / MSc, an innovative studio-based program being created at the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland (2021 to present). 

Selected Service Contributions 

Professor Floyd has served as a Cal Poly Academic Senator, the OCOB Caucus Chair for the Academic Senate, Chair of the OCOB Undergraduate Programs Committee, Member Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, Information Systems Association advisor and founder (with students Dan Jones and Danielle Yates), Coordinator for the Information Systems Concentration, Advisor for Delta Sigma Pi, Advisor for the MBA Association, Member of Technology Steering Committee for San Luis Coastal Unified School District, member of the organizing committee for SLONET building the first computer network in SLO County, among many other roles. Most recently, Floyd served as Chair of the OCOB Governance Task Force to develop and implement the OCOB’s first Faculty Governance Bylaws. Floyd has worked with industry partners Brad and Gina Roldan to sponsor a “women in technology” series of seminars supporting Cal Poly’s students (2014 – 2017).  

Professor Floyd has worked closely with industry partners to improve the educational resources for Information Systems students by bringing in equipment and software through grants from HP, Oracle, Peoplesoft, AWS, Cisco, Symantec, and NetApp among others. Floyd has also served on academic advisory boards with Peoplesoft (1998 – 2005), Microsoft Dynamics (2011 – 2012), and NetApp (2012 – 2017).  



Doctor of Philosophy, Information Systems, The University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business Administration, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

MBA, The University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business Administration, Ann Arbor, Michigan (with Distinction). 

MS, Systems Science, Michigan State University, College of Engineering, East Lansing, Michigan  

BS, Mathematics, Michigan State University, College of Natural Science / Honors College (with High Honor) Member of Michigan State University Honors College. 

Professional Employment in Academia 

Professor Emeritus, Information Systems and Management, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (2018 to present)
Full Professor/ Associate Professor, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly (1990 – 2018)
Director of Graduate Programs, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly (2001 – 2002)
Assistant Professor, Stern School of Business, IS Department, New York University (1985 – 1990) 

International Appointments / Visiting Positions 

  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland (Fall 2015, Fall 2017) and at the Shandong University of Technology, Zibo, China – through the UL international CS program (June 2018) 
  • Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK), Seinäjoki, Finland (August/September 2005 – 2015) 
  • DAAD Full Professor, joint appointment with Faculty of Science and Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (2012 – 2013) 
  • International School of Management (ISM), Dortmund/Frankfurt/Munich, Germany, (part time 2011 – 2013) 
  • Executive MBA Program, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (part time 2009 – 2011) 
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), University of Nevada, Reno 
        * Shanghai University, Shanghai, China (July/August 2012)
        * SAA (Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale), University of Torino, Italy (July/August 2011)
        * Imperial College, London, UK (July/August 2010) 
  • Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Granada, Granada, Spain (June 2007)  
  • Naval Postgraduate School, University of Monterey, Monterey California, (Spring 2005) 
  • Tec de Monterrey, Campus Cuernavaca, Cuernavaca, Mexico (Fall 2000, Summers 2001, 2002, 2006)

Industry Experience 

Professor Floyd has worked in industry as a programmer, analyst, and manager both domestically and internationally. He is also the owner / operator of Barry D Floyd and Associates focused on technology consulting and training.   

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