Mingfeng Lin

Assistant Professor of MIS


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Online crowdfunding (especially debt- and equity-based crowdfunding)
  • Online labor markets
  • Social media and social networks


MIS 478 Project Management
MIS513 Business Foundations for IT


  • Lin, M. and Viswanathan, S. "Home Bias in Online Investments: An Empirical Study of an Online Crowdfunding Market." Management Science, forthcoming.
  • Goes, P., Lin, M., & Au Yeng, C.-M. (2014). '“Popularity effect” in user-generated contents: Evidence from online product reviews." Information Systems Research.  25(2), 222-238.
  • Lin, M., Prabhala, N.R., & Viswanathan, S. (2013). "Judging borrowers by the company they keep: Friendship networks and information asymmetry in online peer-to-peer lending." Management Science. 59(1), 17-35.
  • Lin, M., Lucas, H., Shmueli, G. (2013). "Too big to fail: Large samples and the p-value problem." Information Systems Research. 24(4), 906-917.


  • Co-investigator, Natural National Science Foundation of China Grant (PIs: Guoqing Chen and Hsinchun Chen) (2012)
  • McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Research Grant (2011)
  • NET Institute Summer Research Grant, Net Institute, New York University Stern School of Business (2010)
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grant (2009)
  • Economic Club of Washington Doctoral Fellowship Grant, (2009)
  • Research Grant on Social Value Creation, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, (2009)


  • Paine Award for Academic Excellence, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park; May 2010
  • Nominated for Best Conference Paper Award at the 2009 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
  • Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, Conference on Information Systems and Technology (INFORMS-CIST), San Diego, CA, October 2009

Professional Associations

  • Association for Information Systems
  • American Economic Association