Lin Zhao, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Quantitative Business Studies

Professor of Management Information Systems

Lin Zhao


As the chair of the quantitative business studies (QBS) department, Zhao oversees accounting, finance and business information and analytics programs. She is also a faculty member of management information systems.

Research Overview

Zhao’s research focuses on IT-enabled organizational change, human-computer interaction (HCI), big data analytics and e-Learning.

Select Publications

  • Zhao, L. & Ye, C. (in press). Time and Performance in Online Learning: Applying the Theoretical Perspective of Metacognition. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.
  • Zhao, L., & Mo, S. (2016). The Impact of Metacognitive Awareness on Class Performance in Financial Accounting Courses, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 20(2), 78–88.
  • Zhao, L., & Abuizam, R. (2015). The Impact of Adaptive Learning in An Introductory Management Distance Education Course: An Empirical Comparison, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 19(3), 359–365.

Teaching Focus

I teach introduction to information systems, e-business strategy, system analysis and design, database management, business intelligence, UML and advanced spreadsheet modeling.

Lin Zhao


(219) 989-2407

Office Location:

ANDR 372


  • Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University
    Major: Management (concentration: Information Systems)
  • M.S. – Tianjin University
    Major: Quantitative Economics and Management
  • B.S. – Tianjin University
    Major: Systems Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • System Analysis and Design
  • E-Learning
  • E-Business
  • Big Data Analytics

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • ACUE Fellow, Purdue University Northwest (2018)
  • Innovation in Business Education Award Honorable Mention, Mid-American Business Deans Association. (2017)
  • 2nd Runner-Up Project Award (faculty advisor), Ball State Univ. Information Systems Project + Case Competition. (2016)