Ian MacInnes is Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. He spent two years teaching at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management after completing a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Political Economy and Public Policy and a master’s degree at the London School of Economics. He was also a Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva.
For five years Dr. MacInnes served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, managing curriculum, course offerings, development of new programs, and the hiring and mentoring of part-time instructors. He has chaired several university level committees including the University Senate, Senate Agenda Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Appointment and Promotions Committee, Vice Chancellor and Provost Search, and the Strategic Plan Working Group on Innovation and Institutional Renewal. He teaches economics of digital transformation, applied economics for information managers, information policy, and information industry strategy in campus and online formats.
His research interests involve public policy, economics, and law for information and communication technology, including privacy, electronic markets, and social networks. He is also working on the evolution of work and wealth distribution, resulting from advances in information and communication technologies including automation. His previous research has covered digital transactions for content, software, and services; dynamics of business models; industry convergence; trust and fraud in electronic markets; virtual world economies; business models for online entertainment; and the implications of compatibility standards for competition policy.