Chris Dellarocas Named Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management

Information systems prof honored for outstanding contributions to Questrom and beyond

Chris Dellarocas
Chris Dellarocas joins Questrom’s growing list of endowed faculty chairs as the Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management.

Chris Dellarocas, professor of information systems and Everett Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, has been named the Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business. With this naming, Professor Dellarocas joins Questrom’s ever-expanding group of endowed faculty chairs, now totaling 15, signifying the School’s commitment to attracting and supporting world-class scholars and teachers.

The chair was established in 2009 through the generous gift of Richard C. Shipley, who received his BS and MBA from the Questrom in 1968 and 1972, respectively. Shipley has served on the Boston University Board of Trustees for many years and is founder and senior managing director of Shiprock Capital LLC.

Professor Dellarocas joined Questrom in 2009. He is best known for his pioneering work in online reputation systems and online reviews, while his other research interests include social media, collective intelligence, and the economics of media industries. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 articles and publications in academic journals and more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed academic conferences. He has published or edited three books. His work crosses the boundaries of several disciplines and has been influential to (and widely cited by) researchers in information systems, marketing, economics, and computer science.

Professor Dellarocas earned his PhD and MS in computer science from MIT and a diploma in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to Boston University, he taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and at the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business. Before pursuing an academic career, he was a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and McKinsey.

Professor Dellarocas serves on the editorial boards of Management Science and Information Systems Research, both considered top journals in the field of information systems. He has served as chair of a number of international workshops and conferences, including the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce and the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE). He is a recipient of numerous teaching, funding, and merit awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and research grants from Google and Microsoft. In addition, Chris holds nine patents, has consulted for corporations and the US federal government, and has co-founded a number of companies in the technology space.

Along with his research agenda, Professor Dellarocas is a strong contributor to Questrom’s teaching and programmatic efforts. He has served on a variety of school- and university-wide committees, and is currently the director of Boston University’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI), reporting to the Provost. As DLI director, Professor Dellarocas leads a special projects team whose mission is to harness opportunities for innovation in education created by emerging educational technologies for the purpose of strengthening BU’s value proposition and future standing.

Check out Professor Dellarocas’ research on how media outlets can actually benefit from linking to each other in Questrom’s magazine, Everett.

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