Jian "James" Ma, Ph.D.

UCCS College of Business Associate Professor of Information Systems, Jian James Ma, Ph.D.

Jian "James" Ma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Information Systems
Department of Business Analysis
Dwire Hall, Room 320


  • Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2011
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, 2002
  • B.S., Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China, 1996


  • Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, 2018 - present
  • Chair of Educational Policy and University Standards (EPUS), August 2022 - present
  • Co-Founder and President, Pacific Leap LLC, 2010 - present
  • Faculty Director of Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA), April 2023 - March 2024
  • Visiting Scholar, University of New Mexico, NM, August 2020 - May 2021
  • Visiting Scholar, Ji Nan University, Guangzhou, China, November 2020 - December 2020
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, 2014 - 2018
  • Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Pueblo, CO, 2012 - 2014
  • Instructor and Director, China Program, Menlo College, Atherton, CA, 2008 - 2010
  • Senior Scientist, Cataphora, Inc., Redwood City, CA, 2008 - 2009


  • Big Data and Business Analytics
  • Database Management
  • Business Programming (Java)
  • Server-Side Web Programming
  • Introduction of Management Information Systems

Professional Service

News about James Ma

Selected Publications

  • “Understanding Open Source Software Developer Collaboration in Bug Fixing Process,” James Ma, Xiaolin Li, Julie Liu, and Daniel Zeng, submitted to Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce (under review)
  • “How IT Awareness Impact IT Control Weaknesses and Firms’ Financial Performance,” Peiqin Zhang and James Ma, submitted to Information Technology and Management (under review)
  • “Identification of New Electronic Cigarette Users: A Recurrent Neural Network Approach,” Yongcheng Zhan and James Ma, submitted to International Journal of Medical Informatics (under review)
  • “Prevalence and Risk Factors of Comorbidities among Hypertensive Patients in China,” Jiaojiao Wang, James Ma, Jiaqi Liu, Daniel Dajun Zeng, Cynthia Song, and Zhidong Cao, International Journal of Medical Sciences (Impact Factor: 2.23), 2017, 14(3), pp 201-212
  • “Income Mobility and Dynamic Changes of China Households’ Long-term Income Inequality: Based on the Data from CHNS,” Zhiguo Liu and James Ma, Journal of Finance and Economics (China), 2017, (2), pp 60-69
  • “Who Entered into the In-system Sectors: the Role of Education and Family Background,” Zhiguo Liu and James Ma, Statistics & Information Forum (China), 2016, 31(7), pp 76-82
  • “Labor Market Sector Segmentation and the Advantage of Employment in-System,” Zhiguo Liu and James Ma, Chinese Journal of Population Science (China), 2016, 4, pp 85-95
  • “Whose Upward Space Has Been Squeezed: An Analysis of Income Mobility in China,” Zhiguo Liu and James Ma, Economic Perspectives (China), 2016, 8, pp 53-60
  • “Comorbidity Analysis According to Sex and Age in Hypertension Patients in China,” Jiaqi Liu, James Ma, Jiaojiao Wang, Daniel Dajun Zeng, Hongbin Song, Ligui Wang, and Zhidong Cao (co-first author), International Journal of Medical Sciences (Impact Factor: 2.23) 2016, 13(2), pp 99-107
  • “Complex Network Analysis: A Comparison of Two Clustering Coefficient Definitions,” James Ma, Daniel Zeng, and Richard Huff, Journal of International Technology and Information Management, 2013, 22(4), pp 99-112
  • “A Cross-Correlation Measure for Mining Spatial-Temporal Patterns,” James Ma, Daniel Zeng, and Huimin Zhao, Journal of Database Management, 2013, 24(2), pp 13-34
  • “Modeling the Growth of Complex Software Function Dependency Networks,” James Ma, Daniel Zeng, and Huimin Zhao, Information Systems Frontiers, 2012, 14(2), pp 301-315
  • “System for Infectious Disease Information Sharing and Analysis: Design and Evaluation,” Paul Jen-Hwa Hu, et al. James Ma, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (Impact Factor: 2.49), July 2007, 11(4), pp 483-492