Mari W. Buche

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Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, School of Business and Economics

Affiliate Associate Professor, Data Science

  • PhD in Business Administration/Management Information Systems, University of Kansas
  • MAIS, Masters in Accounting and Information Systems, University of Kansas
  • BA in Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens


Since joining the School of Business and Economics in 2003, Mari Buche has immersed herself in campus and community life, including actively participating in community service through the Houghton Rotary Club (president 2007-08). She has served as advisor to various student organizations, such as Association of IT Professionals (AITP), the Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club, Beta Gamma Sigma honor society in business, and Alpha Gamma Delta. She was elected to serve on the Provost Search Committee (2009) and was SBE Senate Alternate for 3 years. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Mari supports Michigan Tech’s athletes by loudly cheering on the Huskies at hockey, basketball, football, and volleyball. Two of her fondest achievements are being recognized as a finalist for the Michigan Tech 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award and receiving the School of Business and Economics Teaching Awards in 2005, 2012, and 2014.

Research Focus

What does it mean to be titled “systems analyst”, when you were hired as a “programmer”? And, if you do not make the transition to “systems analyst”, what will you inadvertently do to your career? These questions motivate Dr. Buche’s research — to investigate the radical impact of changes in technology and information systems on the professionals intimately involved in developing, implementing, and supporting those systems.

Dr. Buche and other MIS researchers are also working to provide recommendations to improve the gender balance in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Teaching Interests

  • Information Systems/Technology Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Intelligence
  • Software Engineering

Research Interests

  • Impact of IS/IT change on end users
  • Management of IS/IT workers
  • Computer Anxiety and Computer Self-Efficacy
  • Mentoring using Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Various de facto Standards (i.e. Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ITIL)

Selected Publications

  • Goltz, S., Buche, M.W., and Pathak, S. (2015). “Political Empowerment, Rule of Law, and Women’s Entry into Entrepreneurship” Journal of Small Business Management (vol. 53, 3 #, pp. 605-626).
  • Buche, M. W. (2013). "Memory Game to Demonstrate the Power of Collaborative Efforts to Improve Team Performance" in Journal of Information Systems Education (vol. 24, 3 #, pp. 167 - 175).
  • Pathak, S., Goltz, S., and Buche, M.W. (2013). “Influences of Gendered Institutions on Women’s Entry into Entrepreneurship” in International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research (vol. 19, 5 #, pp. 478-502).
  • Buche, M. W., Davis, L. R., Vician, C. (2012). "Does Technology Acceptance Affect E-Learning in a Non-Technology-Intensive Course?" (vol. 23, 1 #, pp. 41-50) , Journal of Information Systems Education.
  • Buche, M. W., Davis, L. R., Vician, C. (2009). Technology Acceptance and Performance with Online Quizzes in An Introductory Accounting Course: Preliminary Results Proceedings of the 2009 American Accounting Association Midwest Region Meeting.
  • Buche, M. W., Vician, C. (2008). Nemati, H. (Ed.), Unified information security management plans, (pp. 340-349). Hershey, PA: Information Security and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (IGI Global).
  • Buche, M. W. (2008). "Development of Trust in Electronic Mentoring Relationships," International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations (1st ed., vol. 5, pp. 35-50).
  • Gibson, M., Buche, M. W., Waite, J. (2008). "Technology Support for the Classroom: Technology Alternatives to the Traditional Classroom," (1st ed., vol. 17, pp. 55-74). Journal of International Technology and Information Management.