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J Christopher Westland


Department of Information and Decision Sciences


Building & Room:

University Hall 2400


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2323



  • Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Overseas Chair Professor, Beihang University, Beijing, China
  • Associate Professor, University of Southern California
  • Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, Harbin Institute of Technology (China) Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Classes Taught

  • Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies
  • Financial Auditing with Information Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • Electronic Markets

Selected Publications

  • Structural Equation Modeling: From Paths to Networks (book) New York: Springer, 2015
  • Red Wired: China’s Internet Revolution (book) London: Cyan (Marshall Cavendish), 2010  (with S. So); Kindle edition, 2012
  • Financial Auditing with Information Technology (book) Creder Press, ISBN-13: 978-1490448732; ISBN-10: 149044873X; January 2016
  • Global Innovation Management: A Strategic Approach (book)  London:  Palgrave / Macmillan 2nd Edition 2016;  Simplified Chinese translation by Chinese University of Science & Technology Press, Hefei, Anhui, China.
  • The Information Content of Financial Survey Response Data, Financial Innovation, v.1(2), 2015
  • Substitutes, Complements and Network Effects in Instant Messaging Services, Networks and Spatial Economics (w. JX. Hao), Networks and Spatial Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s11067-015-9287-5, 2015
  • Electronic Commerce Research in seven maps, Electronic Commerce Research, Volume 15 Number 2 (2015) 15:147-158 DOI 10.1007/s10660-015-9181-8, (with Chien-Lung Hsu  & Chun-Hao Chiang), Mar 2015
  • Economics of eBay’s Buyer Protection Plan, Financial Innovation, v.1(1), 2015
  • The Golden Age of Consumer Sentiment Research, Electronic Commerce Research, Volume 15 Number 3 (2015)
  • Introduction from the Incoming Editor, Electronic Commerce Research, Volume 14 Number 4 (2014)
  • A Descriptive Study of Credit Card Fraud Patterns, Global Business Review (w/ S. Jha), February 2014
  • Employing Transaction Aggregation Strategy to Detect Credit Card Fraud Expert Systems With Applications, Expert Systems With Applications, ESWA-D-12-00805 October 2013 (w. Montserrat Guillen and Sanjeev Jha)
  • The adoption of social networking technologies in cinema releases. Information Technology and Management, 13(3), 167-181 (2012)
  • Affective data acquisition technologies in survey research. Information Technology and Management, 12(4), 387-408.
  • Electrodermal Response in Gaming, Journal of Computer Networks and Communications, vol. 2011, Article ID 610645, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/610645.
  • Lower Bounds on Sample Size in Structural Equation Modeling, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Dec 2010, PII:S1567-4223(10)00054-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.elerap.2010.07.003 (with software downloadable from Elsevier) in Top Ten Most Downloaded papers on ECRA
  • Divorce Insurance: Mitigating the Adjudication Period Financial Crisis, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 52:1–38, 2011, ISSN: 1050-2556 print/1540-4811 online, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2011.585084 (lead article)
  • Critical mass and willingness to pay for social networks, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Dec 2009 (lead article, with comment by Andrew Odlyzko)
  • Incentives for Mobile-Online Gaming with Competing Electronic Cash Services, International Journal of Electronic Business (with E.W.K. See-To), 2009
  • Short-run Price-Performance Dynamics in Microcomputer Technologies, Research Policy  (with E.W.K. See-To) volume 36, Issue 5, Pages 591-806, June 2007


1987 Ph.D. Computers & Information Systems University of Michigan Dissertation: "Semantic Networks: A Stochastic Model of their Performance in Information Retrieval"; Chair: Manfred Kochen
1973 MBA Accounting Indiana University
1971 BA Mathematics (Physics & Chemistry minors) Indiana University

Professional Memberships


  • Electronic Commerce Research (Springer) Editor-in-Chief
  • 2012-2015 High-level Foreign Expert under Thousand Talents Project (千人计划)Beihang University (Project 985 University, in Key Lab for Complex Decision making)
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois License 065.035982
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Mensa