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.
Platform Symposium, Pearson Publishing. (March 3, 2013 - July 2013).
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.
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.
Evaluate phd student policies, applications, requests for research funds.
Counsel IS phd students; approve course curricula; review & interview new applicants; revise IS specific policies.
Reviewed 120 papers, organized venue, created program, arranged meals etc for largest information systems economics conference.
Organized workshop, reviewed 40 papers, handled catering, raised $24,000 in funding. Goal is to raise the research profile among scholars in this area.
Academic, Thomson Reuters. (September 3, 2013 - January 30, 2014).
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.
Taught 50 IBM executives business platform strategy.
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.
SBIR, National Science Foundation, Research. (March 3, 2013).
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