In my research, I generate ideas, devise empirical research designs and conduct quantitative analysis on how platforms are best designed and organized. Thus, my research does things like explain how large ecosystems of firms are organized, provide guidance on different ways to organize 'crowds' and open innovation, etc. Nonetheless, my chief interest and the orientation of my training is simply to derive more fundamental lessons on economic mechanisms shaping shaping productivity and competitiveness--more generally.
I first studied engineering at the University of Waterloo, where I developed an interest in statistics, experimental design, numerical methods, data analysis and programming--and later an interest in economics and competition. I then studied an Masters in Economics at the University of Toronto, followed by Doctoral research in Behavioral & Policy Sciences at MIT.
Prior to becoming an academic researcher and business school professor, I held positions at The Economist Group, Qualcomm, Braxton Associates, Nortel, Bell Northern Research, the Canadian Space Agency, and Nikean (a start-up). I currently advise several public and private organisations on questions of strategy, data science and 'analytics', platform design and performing econometric analysis and experiments.
Boudreau, K. and A. Hagiu. 2009. Platforms Rules: Multi-sided Platforms as Regulators. A. Gawer, ed. Platforms, Markets and Innovation. Edward Elgar, London.
Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani. 2009. How to Manage Outside Innovation: Competitive Markets or Collaborative Communities? MIT Sloan Management Review vol. 50 (4) pp. 69-75.
Boudreau, K. (2010). Open Platform Strategies and Innovation: Granting Access vs. Devolving Control. Management Science. 56(10) 1849-1872.
Boudreau, K., N. Lacetera and K. Lakhani (2011). Incentives and Problem Uncertainty in Innovation Contests: An Empirical Analysis. Management Science. 57(5) 843-863.
Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani (2011) The Confederacy of Heterogeneous Software Organizations and Heterogeneous Developers: Field Experimental Evidence on Sorting and Worker Effort. J. Lerner and S. Stern (eds.), The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity, 50th Anniversary Volume. National Bureau of Economic Research.
Boudreau, K. (2012). Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom? An Early Look at Large Numbers of Software “Apps” Developers and Patterns of Innovation. Organization Science.
Lakhani, K.*, K. Boudreau*, L. Backstrom, C. Baldwin, P. Loh, E. Lonstein, M. Lydon, A. MacCormack, R. Arnaout* and E. Guinan*. (2013) Competitive Crowdsourcing for Informatics Expertise in Big Data Biomedicine. Nature Biotechnology
Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani. 2013. Using the Crowd as an Innovation Partner. Harvard Business Review.
Guinan, E., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani. 2013. Experiments in Open Innovation at the Harvard Medical School. MIT Sloan Management Review.
Boudreau, K, Jeppesen, L.Competing with a Crowd of Unpaid Complementors: The Platform Network Effect Mirage
Boudreau, K., E. Guinan, K. Lakhani and C. Riedl . “Looking Across” and “Looking Beyond” the Knowledge Frontier: The Role of Uncertainty and Bounded Rationality in Selecting Scientific Research Projects
Boudreau, K., C. Helfat, K. Lakhani, M. Menietti. Performance Responses to Competition Across Skill-Levels in Rank Order Tournaments: Field Evidence and Implications for Tournament Design (under review)
Boudreau, K., K. Lakhani. Cumulative Innovation & Open Disclosure of Intermediate Results: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Bioinformatics.
Manuscripts Under Preparation for Submission
Blasco, A., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani, M. Menietti, C. Riedl The Wisdom of Crowds to Self-Organize: Field Experimental Evidence on Team Formation in a Crowdsourcing Contest
Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani. When Are High or Low-Ability Workers More Likely to Join a Crowdsourcing Contest?
Boudreau, K, P. Gaule, K. Lakhani, C. Riedl, A. Woolley From Crowds to Collaborators: Initiating Effort & Catalyzing Interactions Among Online
Boudreau, K., L. Jeppesen and M. Miric. Digital Innovation, Competition and Appropriability.
Boudreau, K., I. Ganguli, P. Gaule, E. Guinan and K. Lakhani. Search Costs in the Formation of Scientific Collaborations.