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Yong Tan

Professor of Information Systems
Chair of the Information Systems and Operations Management
Michael G. Foster Endowed Professor of Information Systems


PhD University of Washington (2000)
PhD University of Washington (1993)
MS University of Washington (1988)
BS University of Science and Technology of China (1987)

Academic Expertise

data analytics
economics of information systems
social network analytics

Current Research

Online social networks, Mobile commerce, Digital content distribution channels, Information security

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2000
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, 1994-1995
Visiting Scientist at the Laboratoire de Physique Quantique, The Universite Paul Sabatier, France, 1993-1994

Selected Publications

  1. Quality of Service Based Pricing Schemes for Content Sharing in Peer-to-Peer Networks
    Journal Article:De, P., Hao, L., Li, Y.M, & Tan, Y., (forthcoming). Production and Operations Management,
  2. Contracting Models for P2P Content Distribution
    Journal Article:Moinzadeh, K., Li, Y., Ghasemkhani, H., & Tan, Y., (2018). Production and Operations Management, Vol. 27(11), pp. 1940-1959.
  3. Do I Follow My Friends or the Crowd? Information Cascades in Online Movie Ratings
    Journal Article:Lee, Y., Hosanagar, K., & Tan, Y., (2015). Management Science, Vol. 61(9), pp. 2241-2258.
  4. An empirical investigation on organizational innovation and individual creativity
    Journal Article:Fu, Z., Peng, J., Tan, Y., & Zhang, G., (2014). Information Systems and e-Business Management, Vol. 12(3), pp. 465-489.
  5. Leveraging Philanthropic Behavior for Customer Support: The Case of User Support Forums
    Journal Article:Jabr, W., Mookerjee, R., Mookerjee, V., & Tan, Y., (2014). Management Information Systems Quarterly, Vol. 38(1), pp. 187-208.
  6. Effects of Different Types of Free Trials and Ratings in Sampling of Consumer Software: An Empirical Study
    Journal Article:Lee, Y., & Tan, Y., (2014). Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 30(3), pp. 213-246.
  7. The synchronization club: classification of global economic groups by inequality
    Journal Article:Cao, H., Li, Y., & Tan, Y., (2014). Applied Economics, Vol. 46(21), pp. 2502-2510.
  8. Modeling MGC Strategies under Extreme Negative UGC
    Journal Article:Mu, J., Qi, J., Qu, Q., & Tan, Y., (2014). Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, Vol. 15(3), pp. 150-161.
  9. Feeling Blue? Go Online: An Empirical Study of Online Supports among Patients
    Journal Article:Tan, Y., & Yan, L., (2014). Information Systems Research, Vol. 25(4), pp. 690-709.
  10. Self-Organized Formation and Evolution of Peer-to-Peer Networks
    Journal Article:Li, Y., De, P., & Tan, Y., (2013). INFORMS Journal on Computing, Vol. 25(3), pp. 502-516.
  11. Social media research: A review
    Journal Article:Sun, H., Tan, Y., & Wu, J., (2013). Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, Vol. 22(3), pp. 257-282.

Honors and Awards

Neal and Jan Dempsey Professorship, 2011
Ph.D. Outstanding Mentor Award, 2010-2011
Ph.D. Outstanding Mentor Award, 2007
Dean's Faculty Research Award, 2006
Dean's Junior Faculty Research Award, 2005
Undergraduate Professor of the Year in Information Systems, 2005
Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Excellence in the Field of E-Commerce, 2003
Tyler Scholarship at the University of Washington, 1999-2000
Edna Benson Fellowship at the University of Washington, 1999
Dean’s Achievement Award at the University of Washington, 1998

Academic Service

Associate Editor, Management Science
Associate Editor, Information Systems Research, 2008-2010

Courses Taught

IS 579 - Web 2.0 and the New Economy MBA elective on Web 2.0 based business models;
IS 580 – Information Systems Research Topics Doctoral Seminar focused on current research topics in information systems;
IS 461 – Systems Implementation Undergraduate course on building interactive Facebook applications;
IS 460 – Systems Analysis and Design Undergraduate course on systems development;
IS 423 – E-Commerce Systems Development Undergraduate course on developing E-Commerce Systems using C# and Java;
IS 320 – Fundamentals of Application Programming Undergraduate course on programming using Visual Basic;
MSIS 503 – Programming Business Logic Graduate course (for MS in Information Systems Program) on programming;
MSIS 521 – Information Technologies and Marketing (for MS in Information Systems Program);
MSIS 522 – Analysis, Modeling and Design Graduate course (for MS in Information Systems Program) on management of information systems development;
MSIS 524 – Managing Information Technology Projects (for MS in Information Systems Program)