Marshall Van Alstyne

07 Marshall Van Alstyne is is a tenured professor at Boston University and visiting scientist at MIT. He received a BA in computer science from Yale, and MS & PhD degrees in management of IT from MIT. He has made significant contributions to the field of information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. He co-developed the theory of “two sided markets” now taught in business schools and economics departments worldwide.
Van Alstyne has consulted for British Telecom, Cisco, France Telecom, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, International Posts, Law & Economics Consulting Group, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Bank, Office of Inspector General, Pearson, and SAP. Honors include National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, iCORPS and Career Awards, two patents, and six best paper awards. Articles or commentary have appeared in Science, Nature, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Research can be found at


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