Prof. ZHAO J Leon (趙建良)

PhD - Business Administration 
MS - Business Administration 
MS - Agricultural Engineering 
BS - Agricultural Engineering 


Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. J. Leon Zhao is Chair Professor and former Head (2009-2015) of the Department of Information Systems at City University of Hong Kong. He was Interim Head and Eller Professor in MIS, University of Arizona and taught previously at HKUST and College of William and Mary, respectively. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. His current research is on information technology and management, with a particular focus on financial technologies including blockchain systems, intelligent investment, and financial services. Leon's research has been supported by NSF, SAP, and other sponsors. Leon has been associate editor of ACM Transactions on MIS, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, International Journal of Web and Grid Services, and International Journal of Web Services Research and is on the editorial board of Journal of Database Management. He has co-edited over twenty special issues in various IS journals including ISR Special Issue on FinTech and MISQ Special Issue on Big Data. Leon has been a general chair or program chair for numerous conferences including the annual International Conference on Smart Finance (2016-2019), the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Service Economics, the 2011 CIO Symposium, International Conference on Information Systems, the 2010 International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Advanced Management of Information for Globalized Enterprises (AMIGE'08), the 2008 Arizona Exposium on Frontiers of Information Technology and Applications (FITA'08), the 2007 China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM'07), the 2006 IEEE Conference on Services Computing (SCC'06), the 2005 Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS'05), and the 2003 Workshop on E-Business (WEB'03) among others. He received an IBM Faculty Award in 2005 for his work in business process management and services computing. He received IBM Faculty Award in 2005 and National "Chang Jiang Scholars" Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University in 2009.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Financial technologies
  • Financial Information Services
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Blockchain technology and applications
  • Workflow modeling and design
  • Enterprise knowledge management
  • Social network analysis
  • Modeling, simulation, and control of complex socio-technical systems
  • Services computing and management
  • Social Learning Networks