Dr. Jason Chan: Assistant professor, Information and Decision Sciences Department, Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota

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Bio:

Jason Chan is an assistant professor in the Information and Decision Sciences Department, Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. His research interests focuses on understanding and quantifying the impact of online technologies on social, health, and economic outcomes. He has been interviewed by popular press and was profiled at media outlets including The Economist, Forbes, Market Watch, NBC, Newsweek, The Washington Post and Yahoo for his work on online platforms. Dr. Chan is a recipient and nominee of two Best Paper Awards in IS conferences and workshops, and has received multiple research grants for his research. He serves as a reviewer for several top-tier MIS journals, conferences, and has served as Associate Editor at the International Conference of Information Systems.

What do you do best?

In order for research efforts to be meaningful, researchers need to locate the right data and analyze it with the right empirical methods. In addition to these non-trivial tasks, more importantly, one would need to be able to ask the right set of questions that can be addressed by the data. While it is challenging to deliver high quality research, I have developed a keen sense of studying topical research questions using disparate datasets and econometric modeling. Based on what I have learned in my research, I translate my findings into comprehensible formats that can be readily understood by colleagues and students.

What makes you the best?

Driven to provide answers to social issues, I take a lead in starting research that have not been examined by colleagues in my field. In the process of doing so, I set high standards for myself in every step of my work in order to arrive at research outputs that are both credible and robust. I also pay careful attention in the process of delivering my findings to others, such that my work can be understood and applied by interested stakeholders.

How will you stay the best?

Dare to be different and dare to fail. Novel work can only come if I continue to think out of the box. This often involves attempting obscure ideas that can lead to failures. Yet, with every failure, I learn what works and what doesn't, which in turn allows me to fine tune and generate better ideas and solutions. On top of this, I believe in doing good for others and using my work as a service to society. Using this as an overarching principle to guide my work, I am able to deliver research that has tangible value to people and communities.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

Personal: I would want to be a blessing to my family and friends.

Business: I would want people and businesses to recognize the impact that Internet technologies have on our lives and society.

What fascinates you?

I am intrigued by how people can utilize the same online technology in many different ways, ranging from the good to the bad.

Favorite Motto?

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another

Favorite People?

My wife and family

Favorite Places:

Iceland

Favorite Products?

Anything that makes life simpler

Current Passions?

Exploring different parts of the world; experiencing mother nature