Ming Fan

Ming Fan is an associate professor in information systems at Foster School of Business, University of Washington. He received his B.S. from Nanjing University, China and Ph.D. degree in information systems management from the business school in University of Texas at Austin. He served as an associate editor of Information Systems Research, and is a senior editor for Decision Support Systems and Information Systems and e-Business Management. 

His research interests are in the area of  electronic commerce, platform competition, and reputation systems in online markets.

At University of Washington, he teaches various graduate, undergraduate, and Ph.D. courses. Before joining University of Washington, he was a faculty at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.

He has consulted for Alibaba Taobao, and colloborated with Witmart and Ant Financial.


Media Mention

  • UW Students Pitched their Export Campaign for Chinese Brew in Beijing, Puget Sound Business Journal, February 22, 2008. (PDF file)
  • Who cares? Free Software Magazine, January 23, 2007. (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

  • “Advertising versus Brokerage Model for Online Trading Platforms,” with Jianqing Chen and Mingzhi Li.  MIS Quarterly, forthcoming. 
  • "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)  

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 485
Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

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