Marshall Van Alstyne

Everett Lord Distinguished Scholar
Department Chair, Information Systems

Questrom School of Business

Boston University

Office 623
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 358-3571

Website: Boston University faculty profile

Issues: Open Source, Competition Policy and Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Interoperability and Privacy and Security

About Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne is the Everett Lord Distinguished Scholar, Professor, and Department Chair of Information Systems at Boston University's Questrom School of Business. He is one of the leading experts in network business models. Professor Van Alstyne 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.


Professor Van Alstyne’s awards include two patents, National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, SBIR, iCorp and Career Awards, and six best paper awards. His articles have appeared in Science, Nature, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.


Ph.D., Information Systems Economics, MIT, 1997
M.S., Information Systems, MIT, 1991
B.A., Computer Science, Yale, 1984

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