Zhang, Michael Xiaoquan(張曉泉)

BA, BE, MSc (Tsinghua); PhD (MIT)

Associate Dean (Innovation and Impact)
Co-Executive Director, The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business
Co-director, Hong Kong–Shenzhen Finance Research Centre


Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics

Room 918, 9/F
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 7647



Prof. Michael Zhang is a Professor of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MSc in Management, a BE in Computer Science and a BA in English from Tsinghua University. Before joining the academia, he worked as an analyst for an investment bank, and as an international marketing manager for a high-tech company. He holds a US patent, and cofounded several companies in Social Networking, FinTech, and LegalTech.

Prof. Zhang’s research interests are on issues related to creation, dissemination and processing of information in business and management contexts. His works study pricing of information goods, online advertising, innovation and incentives, and the use of artificial intelligence in financial markets. His research has appeared in American Economic Review, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS, Decision Support Systems, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. He has also been actively involved in professional services, including serving as a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research, an Associate Editor for Management Science, a Guest Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly.

Prof. Zhang offered advice to the following organisations: Hong Kong Cyberport, Jingdong Finance, Alibaba Group’s Lakeside (Hu Pan) University, Huawei, China Mobile, China Merchants Securities, Douban.com, and Radica Systems. He serves as an independent director for NASDAQ-listed e-commerce company Secoo (symbol: SECO)

Teaching Areas

PhD seminar in Economics of IS Research
Entrepreneurial Financing
Strategic Value of Information Technology

Research Interests

Business Analytics
Digital Finance
Online advertising
Economics of Artificial Intelligence

  • Awards and Honours


    • Service Award, Information Systems Research, 2016
    • Paper of the Year, MIS Quarterly, 2014
    • Associate Editor of the Year, Information Systems Research, 2015
    • Finalist, Franklin Prize of Teaching Excellence, HKUST, 2013
    • First Runner-up, Franklin Prize of Teaching Excellence, HKUST,  2012
    • Franklin Prize of Teaching Excellence, HKUST, 2009
    • Best Paper Nominee, ICIS, 2009
    • Best Paper Award, Journal of Interactive Marketing, 2009
    • 4th Annual PSU-SAP Doctoral Award, 2004

    Keynote Speaker

    • International Conference on Smart Finance, 2020
    • Taiwan CIO Value Institute, 2019
    • Microsoft-Tsinghua AI Summit, 2019
    • 20th ZEW Summer Workshop for Young Economists: Digitized Economy and Novel Research Methods, 2018
    • UBS Asia Pacific Quant Conference, 2017
    • Global Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Summit, 2017
    • The 14th International Symposium on Financial System Engineering and Risk Management, 2016
    • International Conference on E-Commerce, 2012

    Other Honours

    • NET Institute Summer Research Support, 2012
    • Weilun Fellow, College of Fellows of HKUST, 2010-2017
    • NET Institute Summer Research Support, 2007
    • SAS Fellowship on Consumer Sentiments and Market Value, 2006
  • Academic/Professional Services

    Managing Editor

    • SSRN ISN Journal: eBusiness & eCommerce.

    Senior Editor

    • Information Systems Research (ISR), 2017-Present
    • Information Systems Research (ISR) Special Issue on FinTech, 2018

    Associate/Area Editor

    • Information Systems Research (ISR), 2011-2016
    • Management Science, 2016-Present
    • Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA), 2011-2014
    • Production and Operations Management (POM), 2011-2014
    • Guest AE for Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ)
    • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2008-2011, 2013

    Conference Co-Chair

    • 15th Symposium of Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research (SCECR), 2019
    • China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM), 2011

    Track Co-Chair

    • Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), 2010, 2017
    • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2012, 2014, 2016

    Programme Committee Member

    • China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM), 2007-2010, 2012-2016
    • ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM EC), 2008
    • International Conference on E-Commerce (ICEC), 2008-2016


    • Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Interactive Marketing, NSF, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Institutional Economics, The Economic Journal, Electronic Markets, International Conference on Information Systems,International Conference on E-Commerce, Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Americas Conference on Information Systems, ACM Ecommerce Conference

    University Services

    • CUHK:
      • Associate Dean of Innovation and Impact (2018-Present)
      • Business School Executive Committee (2018-Present)
      • Department Executive Committee (2017-Present)
      • Department Academic Personnel Committee (2017-Present)
    • HKUST:
      • Search Committee for Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship Cluster Hiring (2016-2017)
      • Department Head Search Committee (2016-2017)
      • School Appointment and Substantiation Committee (2015-2017)
      • Department Merit Salary Review Committee (2014-2017)
      • Post-Graduate IS Program Coordinator (2010-2015)
      • Member of IS Post-Graduate Program Committee (2010-Present)
      • Chair of IS Faculty Search and Appointment Committee (2015-Present)
      • Member of IS Faculty Search and Appointment Committee (2009-2015)
      • Coach for APEX Case Competition (2009, 2010, 2011)
      • Judge for University 1-Million Dollar Competition
      • Delegate for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Outreach Group
      • Committee Member of the Joint Minor Program of Entrepreneurship
      • Data Science Faulty Task Force; Task Force on Entrepreneurship Education
      • Ad Hoc Committee of HKUST Business School Advisory Council
      • Public Talk to American Chamber of Commerce on Social Media Marketing
      • Public Talk to Potential Applicants to HKUST Business School UG Program


    • Institute for Operations Research and the Management (INFORMS)
    • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
    • American Economic Association (AEA)
    • American Finance Association (AFA)
    • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
    • INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS)


    • Hong Kong Cyberport Entrepreneurship Centre
    • China Merchants Securities Co., Ltd.
    • Hupan University (Startup Bootcamp of Alibaba Corp)
    • Huawei
    • Radica Systems
    • China Mobile


    • Schwarzman Scholars Selection Committee, 2016-Present
    • Institute for Operations Research and the Management (INFORMS) Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section 2017 Best Paper Award Competition
    • HKUST 1-Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition, 2015-2017

    Independent Director

    • NASDAQ-listed company Secoo Limited, 2017-Present