Bio

I am a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University (MSU). In addition, I serve as the Chairperson of the Department. Trained primarily as an engineer and a social scientist, I hold MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. As graduate student, I spend time in the United States to study telecommunications policy and its effects on business and users. After that intense time, mainly spent living in San Francisco and New York, I returned to Vienna, I returned to a position as a lecturer in economics in Vienna, Austria. My curiosity to work in the country I had come to like and appreciate, I applied to academic jobs and joined Michigan State University in 1990. I have kept a strong interest in international and comparative work and was lucky to be invited for extended stays as a visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology , the Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). These experiences have not only enriched my international work experience, they have also greatly expanded my network of friends and professional contacts.

My research covers a wide range of issues related to digital entrepreneurship, innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICT for society. My work takes me to international conferences and sometimes allows me to collaborate with experts in public and private sector organizations to jointly find ways to improve the benefits from advanced communications. I have had opportunities to work with practitioners in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. My most recent book, the Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, was published in 2016 by Edward Elgar (with a paperback edition published in 2017). My ongoing projects deal with the complex interactions between ICTs and income inequality, the effects of AI and other advanced IT on employment, and the conditions facilitating digital innovation. I am working on two book projects on communications policy and on media entrepreneurship

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CURRENT POSITIONS

2014-present, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University

2013-2014, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media, Michigan State University

2009-present, Research Associate, Quello Center for Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University

2003-present, Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

FORMAL EDUCATION

1989 Ph.D. in Economics, University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria (summa cum laude)

1982 M.A. in Economics, University of Economics and Business, Vienna (summa cum laude)

1975 Engineer in Precision Mechanics, Federal Secondary College of Engineering,Mödling, Austria (summa com laude)

PRIOR POSITIONS

2012, Visiting Professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2010 (Summer), Visiting Professor, University of Konstanz, Germany

2005-2009, Co-Director, Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2003-2012, Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media, Michigan State University

2003-2005, Executive Director, Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2002 (May), Visiting Professor, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.

2001-2003, Associate Director, Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

1994-2003, Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

1998-2002, Research Associate, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

2000-2001, Visiting Professor, Interfaculty Center for Infrastructure Management and Design, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

1997-2000, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University. 

1993-1998, Director, Institute of Public Utilities, The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. 

1990-1994, Assistant Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. 

1985-1990, Lecturer in Economics, University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria. 

1982-1985, Project Director, University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.

HONORARY POSITIONS

2010-present, International Editor, International Telecommunications Policy Review

2009-present, Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, LIRNEasia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2004-present, Member, Editorial Board, Information Economics and Policy

2010-2016 Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy

2005-2010, Member of the Executive Board, International Telecommunication Society (ITS)

2010-2013, Chair, Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC)

2007-2012, Member, Editorial Board, Communications & Strategies

2007-2008, CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow

2005-2010, Book Review Editor, Journal of Media Economics

2003-2009, Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, Next-Generation Infrastructures Program, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands

1998-2003, Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, Interfaculty Center Design and Management of Infrastructures, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands

2001-2005, Member, Executive Committee, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association

2000-2001, Chairman, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association 

1999-2000, Chairman Elect, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association

PUBLIC SERVICE AND OUTREACH

I greatly enjoy collaborating with experts in public and private sector organizations. Over the years, I have been involved in projects in Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United States. Among the organizations I contributed to are the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, Geneva), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Paris), and The World Bank (Washington, DC).
 

Updated January 2, 2018