Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Scholar Title:

Questrom Professor in Management, Professor Information Systems

Department: Questrom School of Business

Colleges / Universities: Boston University


Office 649
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone Number: (617) 358-3571


Marshall Van Alstyne is the Questrom Professor in Management, Professor of Information Systems, 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. Two of Professor Van Alstyne’s recent papers have won best paper: “Innovation, Openness & Platform Control” co-authored with Geoffrey Parker (Management Science, 2018) and “Platform Ecosystems: How Developers Invert the Firm" co-authored with Xiaoyue Jiang and Geoffrey Parker (MIS Quarterly, 2017).


Ph.D. Information Systems Economics, MIT, 1997

M.S. Information Systems, MIT, 1991

B.A. Computer Science, Yale, 1984