Ming Fan

Ming holds the Grant I. Butterbaugh Professor in Informattion Systems and is the Faculty Director of the MSIS Program at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. He is the current President of the INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS). He received his B.S. in Urban Planning from Nanjing University and his Ph.D. degree in information systems from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as an Associate Editor of Information Systems Research, and is currently a Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management and Information Systems and e-Business Management.  

His research and teaching interests are in the areas of electronic commerce, FinTech, and AI. Before joining the University of Washington, he was a faculty member at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.


  • Electronic Commerce and the Revolution in Financial Markets, with Sayee Srinivasan, Jan Stallaert and Andrew B. Whinston. Thomson Learning, 2002. Chinese translation of the book was published by Peking University Press.
  • Electronic Commerce for Financial Services Industry, with Andrew B. Whinston, Qi Li et al. China Higher Education Press, 2004.

Media Mention

  • Publishing: The bookworm turns, Financial Times, May 4, 2012. (PDF file)
  • UW Students Pitched their Export Campaign for Chinese Brew in Beijing, Puget Sound Business Journal, February 22, 2008. (PDF file)
  • A Bad Bet on a Futures Market, Fortune, August 1, 2003. (PDF file)
  • Clicks vs. Bricks, South Bend Tribune, October 2, 2000.

Selected Journal Publications

  • "Effect of Live Chat on Traffic-to-Sales Conversion: Evidence from an Online Marketplace," with Hanyan Sun and Jianqing Chen. Production and Operations Management, forthcoming.
  • "Anomalies in Probability Estimates for Event Forecasting on Prediction Markets," with Brian Lee and Jan Stallaert. Production and Operations Management, 29 (9), 2020, 2077-2095 . 
  • "Empirical Analysis of Seller Advertising Strategies in an Online Marketplace," with Haoyan Sun and Yong Tan. Information Systems Research,31 (1), 2020, 37-56.  
  • "Advertising versus Brokerage Model for Online Trading Platforms," with Jianqing Chen and Mingzhi Li. MIS Quarterly, 40 (3), 2016, 573-596. 
  • "An Analysis of Pricing Models in the Electronic Book Market," with Lin Hao. MIS Quarterly, 38 (4), 2014, 1017-1032.  
  • "Design and Analysis of Contracts for Software Outsourcing," with Debabrata Dey and Conglei Zhang. Information Systems Research, 21 (1), 2010, 93-114.
  • "Selling or Advertising: Strategies for Providing Digital Media Online," with Subodha Kumar and Andrew B. Whinston. Journal of Management Information Systems 24 (3), 2008, 143-166.
  • "A Supply Chain Model with Direct and Retail Channels," with Aussadavut Dumrongsiri, Apurva Jain, and Kamran Moinzadeh. European Journal of Operations Research 187 (3), 2008, 691-718.
  • "Evaluation and Design of Online Cooperative Feedback Mechanisms for Reputation Management," with Yong Tan and Andrew B. Whinston. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 17 (2), 2005, 244-254.
  • "E-Loyalty: Elusive Ideal or Competitive Edge?" with Sarv Devaraj and Rajiv Kohli. Communications of the ACM 46 (9), 2003, 184-191.
  • "Decentralized Mechanism Design for Supply Chain Organizations Using an Auction Market," with Jan Stallaert and Andrew B. Whinston. Information Systems Research 14 (1), 2003, 1-22.  
  • "Antecedents of B2C Channel Satisfaction and Preference: Validating E-Commerce Metrics," with Sarv Devaraj and Rajiv Kohli. Information Systems Research 13 (3), 2002, 316-333.  
  • "The Internet and the Future of Financial Markets," with Jan Stallaert and Andrew B. Whinston. Communications of the ACM 43 (11), November, 2000, 83-88. (PDF file)  

Doctoral Dissertation Supervision

  • Aravinda Garimella (Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Haoyan Sun (Chair, Lehigh University)
  • Gang Peng (Co-chair, California State University, Fullerton)

Awards and Grants

  • Dean's Junior Faculty Research Award, Michael G. Foster School of Business, 2008
  • Faculty advisor, the winning team of the First East-West MBA All-Star Case Challenge, 2008
  • Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Excellence in the Field of E-Commerce, University of Washington Business School, 2004
  • Salesforce.com Grant for course development, 2004
  • Microsoft ERP and CRM Software Grant for ERP course development, 2003
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Research Grant on E-Commerce, 2000-2001
  • Houston Endowment President's Excellence Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998


Email: mfan@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 543-7525
Fax: (206) 543-3968
Paccar Hall 469
Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226