Lei Wang

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Assistant Professor Info Systems

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 426 Business Building
Phone Number 814-867-5838
Email Address lei.wang@psu.edu

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Lei Wang is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Operations and Information Management from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in Economics, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include artificial intelligence (AI), digital platform, gamification, digital commerce, and user engagement. Her work has appeared in leading journals, such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Production and Operations Management, and Decision Support Systems. She has been awarded the INFORMS ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award in 2015. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Decision Support Systems. In addition, Lei is an ad-hoc reviewer for Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and Service Science. She also serves as an associate editor, session chair, discussant, or program committee member for conferences including ICIS, CIST, WITS, WISE, CSWIM, and PACIS.


Topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Platform, Gamification, Digital Commerce, User Engagement

Methodology: Machine Learning, Statistical Modeling, Field and Lab Experiments, Applied Econometrics


Ph D, Business Administrative (Management Information Systems), University of Connecticut, 2014

MS, Economics, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2008

BS, Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 2005

Courses Taught

MIS 301 – Business Analytics (3)
MIS 301 investigates use of databases, basic data mining tools, social networking software, and advanced level of spreadsheet management for analysis of large amounts of data. Learning methods emphasize active learning in the application of methods and tools to real data and the presentation of the results. Topics may include methods for analyzing not only structured data, but also unstructured data from the web, emails, blogs, social networks, click streams, etc. Finally, techniques for visualizing, presenting and communicating information in a useful way will be presented.

Selected Publications

Shankar R., Wang L., Gunasti K., Li H., "Nonverbal Peer Feedback and User Contribution in Online Forums: Experimental Evidence of the Role of Attribution and Emotions." Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2023, aisel.aisnet.org/jais_preprints/112/
Ho I., Liu S., Wang L., "Fun Shopping – A Randomized Field Experiment on Gamification." Information Systems Research, vol. 34, no. 2, 2023, pp. 766–785, pubsonline.informs.org/doi/epdf/10.1287/isre.2022.1147
Authors are listed alphabetically.
Zhao X., Huang L., Wang L., Yazdani E., Zhang C., "Understanding of the Dynamics of Mobile Reading: An HMM Model of User Engagement and Content Consumption." Production and Operations Management, 2023, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/poms.13964
Wang L., Gopal R., Shankar R., Pancras J., "Forecasting venue popularity on location-based services using interpretable machine learning." Production and Operations Management, vol. 31, no. 7, 2022, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/poms.13727
Selected to be the leading article for the July 2022 Issue
Guo H., Zhang D., Liu S., Wang L., Ding Y., "Bitcoin Price Forecasting: A Perspective of Underlying Blockchain Transactions." Decision Support Systems, vol. 151, 2021, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167923621001603?via%3Dihub
Wang L., Gunasti K., Shankar R., Pancras J., Gopal R., "Impact of Gamification on Perceptions of Word-of-Mouth Contributors and Actions of Word-of-Mouth Consumers." MIS Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 4, 2020, pp. 1987-2011, misq.umn.edu/impact-of-gamification-on-perceptions-of-word-of-moutn-contributors-and-actions-of-word-of-mouth-consumers.html
Wang L., Gopal R., Shankar R., Pancras J., "On the Brink: Predicting Business Failure with Mobile Location-Based Checkins." Decision Support Systems, vol. 76, 2015, pp. 3-13, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167923615000810?via%3Dihub
Ba S., Wang L., "Digital health communities: The effect of their motivation mechanisms." Decision Support Systems, vol. 55, no. 4, 2013, pp. 941-947, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167923613000122?via%3Dihub
Authors are listed alphabetically.

Research Impact and Media Mention

"SSRN Top Ten Download List", Social Science Research Network, Internet


Decision Support Systems, Associate Editor, April 2023 - Present
International Conference of Information Systems, Associate Editor, January 2019 - Present