Prof. LEE Kwok On Matthew (李國安)

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Professor Matthew K. O. Lee is Vice-President (Development and External Relations) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), overseeing fundraising, branding, communications & PR, alumni relations, and global engagement at the institutional level.  He also holds a tenured position as Chair Professor of Information Systems & E-Commerce at CityU (since 2006). He was Associate Dean (2001-2006, 2007-2011) and Interim Dean (2006-2007) of the College of Business, CityU, and the founding Director of the CityU DBA Programme. Professor Lee was Head of Department of Information Systems (1995-2001) and Director of Communications and Public Relations (2009-2015) at CityU, and the Residence Master of Jockey Club Harmony Hall at the CityU Student Residence (2005-2011).  He was previously a faculty member at University College London (UCL), and a staff scientist at BP Research headquarters in London, UK. Professor Lee holds a first class honors bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering, an MSc in software engineering, a PhD in computer science, an MBA, and two law degrees.  He is the recipient of a number of prestigious University scholarships and prizes, including a College Scholarship from Oxford University where he read for one of his degrees, and an IEE Prize. He has also completed the Internet Law Program at Harvard Law School.  Professor Lee is a qualified Barrister-at-Law in both Hong Kong, England & Wales, a Chartered Engineer (UK Engineering Council), and a professional member of the British Computer Society.


Professor Lee has a research and professional interest in IT-based innovation adoption and diffusion (focusing on systems implementation management issues), knowledge management, electronic commerce, online social networks, online addiction, and the development of digital competence.  He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (HKCPEC) advising the HKSAR Government on relevant APEC-related economic and cooperation matters, and he is a member of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board. He has over 2 decades of corporate governance experience at board level as independent non-executive directors of enterprises listed in the main board of the HK Stock Exchange.  Professor Lee was a member of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC) Business Studies Panel (2009-2014), and an Appeal Board member under the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance. He was a founding vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Computer Society e-Business Special Interest Group and served as a member of the IT Training Committee of the Vocation Training Council. Professor Lee had also served on the IT Projects Vetting Committee of the Innovation and Technology Commission for many years.


Professor Lee has published over one hundred refereed articles in international journals, conference proceedings, and research textbooks. He is the Principal Investigator of a number of prestigious competitive grants and has published in leading journals in his field (such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Communications of the ACM, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies). His research has received numerous citations and he has been rated as the most highly cited business professor at CityU for many years. Professor Lee has taken editorial roles in a number of leading scholarly journals including MIS Quarterly, the Information Systems Journal, and the International Journal of Information Management, among others.


LLM - Commercial & Corporate Law (University of London) 
LLB - Law (University of London) 
PhD - Computer Science (University of Manchester) 
MSc - Computation (University of Oxford) 
MBA - Business Administration (University of Sheffield) 
BEng - Electronic Engineering (University of Sheffield) 

Research Interests/Areas

  • Digital Competence
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Online Social Networks
  • Online Addiction
  • Knowledge Management
  • Managing IT-based Innovation Adoption and Diffusion