Two Questrom Faculty Receive ISS Awards

Pictured: Chris Dellarocas (left), Marshall Van Alstyne (right)


The Information Systems Society (ISS) has recently bestowed two high honors upon Questrom faculty members. Chris Dellarocas has received the ISS Distinguished Fellow Award, the highest honor that an IS faculty can receive from the professional society. Marshall Van Alstyne received the ISS Practical Impacts Award, which honors distinguished information systems academics who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and sustained impact on the industry. Additionally, Questrom’s Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Information Systems Avi Seidmann, who is already an ISS Distinguished Fellow, presented the ISS Teaching Awards on behalf of the Information Systems Society at the awards event on November 8, 2020.

Chris Dellarocas, Questrom’s Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management and Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation, has made exceptional intellectual contributions to the theory, research, and practice in the Information Systems area. He is known for his contribution and online reputation through a series of seminal papers that examine the role of reputation systems in establishing online trust.

Dellarocas has 15 top-tier publications. His research has received 19,546 citations (with one sole-authored MS paper cited 4,368 times). He has won 2 best paper awards. He has also received numerous grants from Google, Microsoft, DARPA, and the NSF, including the CAREER award. Chris has been an AE for MS for 12 years, AE and SE for ISR for nine years.

He has mentored 8 PhD students (at Boston University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale, and MIT), many of whom have become distinguished IS scholars themselves.

“The Information Systems community has been my academic home for the past twenty-five years,” says Dellarocas in his acceptance speech. “The community welcomed me as a junior faculty transitioning his work from computer science. It recognized and appreciated my early work and offered me generous opportunities to grow professionally through my service as a reviewer, editor, panelist, and conference organizer. It is truly an honor to be receiving one of the community’s highest distinctions.”

Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor in Management, is a leading scholar and thinker on digital platforms and has worked tirelessly to promote platform strategies across industries.

His leadership advanced the use and value of IS research and concepts, particularly digital platforms in practice. His papers have close to 17,000 citations in Google Scholar. His works are recognized by multiple best paper awards, including the Best IS Paper Award from MS in 2019. His contribution on inverted firms won him the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award.

He has developed deep involvement with the industry over his career. He has worked with well-known companies (such as Siemens, SK Group, Intuit) in advising their digital platform strategies. He co-chairs the annual Platform Strategy Research Symposium, the premier conference on platform research, held at Questrom. He also gives keynote speeches extensively at major business forums and companies, such as the World Economic Forum.

“I’d like to thank the INFORMS Information Systems Society for their support and building a great IS community,” said Van Alstyne in his acceptance speech. “Let me also thank Geoff Parker, a longtime friend and partner in crime who’s been with me every step of the way for a twenty-year odyssey.”

“Our journey isn’t over. We hope to tackle new challenges with our research,” concludes Van Alstyne. “Can we use platforms to get fake news out of social media and increase social justice? Can we organize cities as platforms? Can we transform industries?”


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