Dr. J. Leon Zhao is Head and Chair Professor in Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong since January 2009. Prior to that, he was Eller Professor in the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Arizona. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration and an M.S. degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the College of Engineering, University of California, Davis, and a B.S. degree in Engineering from Beijing Institute of Agricultural Mechanization. Before joining University of Arizona in August 1999, he was an Assistant Professor in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the College of William and Mary, respectively. He has also worked as a Staff Scientist in the Computing Sciences and Applications Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California and as a Research Engineer in the Corporate Systems Development Division, Honeywell Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His current research focuses on the development of information technologies and their applications in electronic commerce, knowledge management, e-learning, and organizational process automation. He has published (Including accepted) over 70 research articles in such journals as Management Science, Information Systems Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Information Systems Frontiers, ACM Transactions on MIS, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, SIGMOD Record, Data Base, and Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. His work also appeared in over 150 refereed conference papers including Americas Conference on Information Systems, International Conference on Information Systems, Workshop on Electronic Business, Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, Very Large Data Base, Data Engineering, Information and Knowledge Management, Scientific and Statistical Database Management, and Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences.
Leon has served as an associate editor of Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on MIS, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 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 serves on the editorial board of Journal of Database Management. He is a co-founding director of the AIS Special Interest Group on Process Automation and Management (WWW.SIGPAM.COM). He has co-edited about 20 special issues in various journals, including MIS Quarterly -- Special Issue of on "Transformational Issues of Big Data and Analytics in Networked Business," 2014. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems -- Special Issue on "Process Modeling and Mining," 2013. Decision Support Systems -- Special Issue on "Business Applications of Web of Things," Available online since 24 September 2013. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications -- Special Issue on "Information Services in eCommerce," Volume 11, Issue 6, Pages 535-590 (November-December 2012). IEEE Transaction on Services Computing -- Special Issue on "Design and Implementation of Service-Oriented Enterprise Systems," APRIL-JUNE 2010 (Vol. 3, No. 2) pp. 86-88. Information Systems Frontiers -- Special Issue on "Global IT and IT Enabled Services," Available online since 31 July 2010. Journal of Global Information Management -- Special Issue on "Information Management for Globalized Enterprises," 2010, Volume 18, Issue 4. Pacific Asia Journal of AIS, Special Issue on "Service Research," 2010, Vol 2, No. 1. Information Systems Frontier -- Special Issue on Workflow Automation, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 2001 (with Professor Edward A. Stohr). Journal of Information Technology and Management -- Special Issue on Workflow and E-business, July - October 2004, Volume 5, Issue 3-4 (with Professor Akhil Kumar). Decision Support Systems -- Special Issue on Web Services and Process Management, Completed March, 2004 (with Dr. Hsing K. Cheng), Information Systems and e-Business -- Special Issue on the Second Workshop of E-Business, Volume 3, Number 3 / October, 2005 (with Dr. Hsing K. Cheng, University of Florida). International Journal on Internet and Enterprise Information Systems -- Special Issue on Business Intelligence for Competitive Advantage, Vol. 3, No. 2, July 2005 (with Dr. Dmitri Rossinov, Arizona State University). Journal of Database Management -- Special Issue on Knowledge Management in Organizations, Vol. 17, Issue 1, 2006 (with Dr. Dongsong Zhang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Information Systems Frontier -- Special Issue on From Web Services to Services Computing: Technologies and Applications, Completed, 2006 (with Professor Mohan Tanniru, University of Arizona and Dr. Liang-Jie Zhang, IBM Research).
Leon has chaired for over 20 conferences / workshops, including AIS SIGBPS Workshop on Business Processes and Services (2013), AIS SIGBPS Workshop on Business Processes and Services(2012),IEEE International Conference on Services Economics (2012),The Fourth Symposium on Financial Business Intelligence and Risk Management (2012), The Fifth Workshop of Electronic Payment and Electronic Commerce(2012), ICIS 2011 CIO Symposium, International Conference on Information Systems(2011).The 2010 International Conference on E-Business Intelligence (2010), the 5th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technologies (2010). The 16th Cross Straits Information Systems Management Conference (2010). IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (2009). The 4th International Workshop on Workflow Management (2009). the Second Workshop on E-Business, Seattle (2003), the 15th Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, Las Vegas (2005), the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, Chicago (2006), the First China Summer Workshop on Information Management, Shanghai (2007), the Conference on Frontiers in Information Technology and Applications, Tucson (2008), the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, Bangalore, India (2009). He has also served on the program committees (or minitracks) in over 50 international conferences or workshops including The 2005 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, International Workshop on Exploring Modeling Methods in Systems Analysis and Design, 2005, The 7th International IEEE Conference on E-Commerce Technology, July 19-22, 2005, International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (2004, 2005), International Conference on Business Process Management (2003, 2004, 2005), The 5th Annual International Conference on Object-Oriented and Internet-based Technologies (2004, 2005), The 5th VLDB Workshop on Technologies for E-Services (TES-04), August 29-30, 2004, IEEE International Conference on Web Services (2004, 2005), IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (2005), The First International Conference on Web Services (2003), International Conference on Information Systems (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014), International Conference on Electronic Commerce (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (since 1997), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002), International Computer Sciences Conference (1999), The First International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (2000), International Conference on Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce (1998, 1999), International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (1995, 2002), The First International Workshop on Web Agent Systems and Applications, 2000.