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EducationPh.D, Information Systems and Economics, MIT Sloan School (1998); MS, Management, MIT Sloan School (1991); BA, Computer Science, Yale University (1984)

Academic AppointmentsProfessor Van Alstyne is one of the leading experts in network business models. 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 worldwide. His co-authored article on the subject is a Harvard Business Review top 50 of all time.

Recognition & AwardsAwards include two patents, National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, SBIR, iCorp and Career Awards, and eight 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.

Research Field

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.