JP Allen

J.P. Allen


Full-Time Faculty


Professor J.P. Allen is a pioneering researcher and educator in the field of online/internet business, specializing in open technologies and the digital transformation of organizations and society. He is the author of Digital Entrepreneurship and Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World.

As founding chair of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department, Dr. Allen pioneered the development of internet business classes, which guide non-technical management and entrepreneurship students through the process of creating their own online businesses, often using (free) open source technologies. He grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and attended high school in Geneva, Switzerland and Athens, Greece. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 PC-1 Pocket Computer.


  • PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1995
  • MS, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1993
  • MA (Cantab), Honorary Degree, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1998
  • BS, Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989
  • BA, Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989

Awards & Distinctions

  • Fulbright Scholar, Portugal, 2009-2010

  • Innovation in Teaching Award, Association for Information Systems, 2014

  • Post-Sabbatical Merit Award, USF, 2018

  • Outstanding Research Award, School of Management, USF, 2005, 2012, 2014

  • Outstanding Student Support and Advocacy Award, School of Business and Management, USF, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Allen, J. P. (2019). Digital Entrepreneurship. Routledge.
  • Allen, J. P. (2017). Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kumar, V., Loonam, J., Allen, J. P., & Sawyer, S. B. (2016). Exploring enterprise social systems & organisational change: Implementation in a digital age. Journal of Information Technology, 31(2), 97-100.
  • Park, S. Y., & Allen, J. P. (2013). Responding to online reviews: Problem solving and engagement in hotels. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 54(1), 64-73. 
  • "Open Source Deployment in Local Government: Rapid innovation as an occasion for revitalizing organizational IT," Information Technology & People, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2012 (with D. Geller)
  • "Democratizing Business Software: Small Business Ecosystems for Open Source Applications," Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 30, 2012
  • Hedström, K., Kolkowska, E., Karlsson, F., & Allen, J. P. (2011). Value conflicts for information security management. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 20(4), 373-384.