Professor Van Alstyne is one of the leading experts in network business models. He conducts research on information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. As co-developer of the concept of “two sided networks” he has been a major contributor to the theory of network effects, a set of ideas now taught in more than 50 business schools worldwide.
Awards include two patents, National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, SBIR, iCorp and Career Awards, and six best paper awards. Articles or commentary have appeared in Science, Nature, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Ph D, MIT Sloan School, Information Systems, 1997.
MS, MIT Sloan School, Management, 1991.
BA, Yale University, Computer Science, 1984.
GSM DS999 C1
GSM IS710 D1
IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
GSM IS827 F1
Platforms and Information Markets
GSM IS912 A1
Platform Symposium, Pearson Publishing. (March 3, 2013 - July 2013).
Platform Driven Innovation Within and Across Firms, National Science Foundation. (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2012).
I conceived, raised funds to support, and developed an entire new workshop on the economics of business ecosystems in order to raise the research profile of BU / SMG.
Evaluate phd student policies, applications, requests for research funds.
Counsel IS phd students; approve course curricula; review & interview new applicants; revise IS specific policies.
Assisted chaired search for School of Journalism. Identifyied, vetted, and recruited professors who understands the economics and business models for news. We hired David Carr of the NYT.
Organized workshop, reviewed 40 papers, handled catering, raised $24,000 in funding. Goal is to raise the research profile among scholars in this area.
Reviewed 120 papers, organized venue, created program, arranged meals etc for largest information systems economics conference.
Academic, IBM Summit, Boston University. (July 17, 2013 - Present).
Taught 50 IBM executives business platform strategy.
Provided basis for a platform strategy for their financial services.
Provided training in digital goods, knowledge markets, and creation of a possible digital postal ecosystem.
Van Alstyne, M., Communications of the ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, Editor, International, Standing Editorship (Edited Multiple Publications), Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2013 - Present).
Responsible for editing of a standing column on how economics affects information technology and society.
In this office, I evaluate students for scholarship awards based on their research merit.
Student Mentoring Award, SMG Ph.D. Students, Teaching. (May 15, 2014).
Voted by Ph.D students as having most significant contribution to their development.
Received $150,000, co-PI with D. Shen, to develop new knowledge market technologies.
"Platform Driven Innovation Within and Across Firms" Co_PI with G. Parker & E. Anderson. Totaling $704,000 Innovation & Org Sciences # 0925004 (2009-2012)
(co-author Erik Brynjolfsson)
For outstanding contributions to MIT, helped found MIT $10K Competition