Dr. Kevin J. Boudreau is an assistant professor in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship department at London Business School. He develops theory and develops research designs to advance our knowledge of value-creation, competition and innovation in large scale "ecosystems" organised around platforms--including multi-sided markets, crowdsourcing contests and collaborative arrangements.

    Dr. Boudreau received his PhD from MIT in Behavioral and Policy Sciences, under the Strategy programme, where his studied industrial, organisational and contract economics, econometrics and statistics, innovation studies and competitive strategy in preparation for his dissertation research on "open" systems and competition, advised by Professor R. HendersonPrior to this, he studied  Economics at the University of Toronto, focusing on industrial economics and econometrics. Earlier, Dr. Boudreau studied Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he worked in a number of areas including, design of experiments, the development of statistical tools and numerical methods, and industrial and digital design.

Before academic research, Dr. Boudreau held positions at The Economist Intelligence Unit, Qualcomm, Braxton Associates Strategy Consultants, the Canadian Space Agency, Nortel and Nikean (a startup).

  1. Boudreau, K. and A. Hagiu. 2009. Platforms Rules: Multi-sided Platforms as Regulators. A. Gawer, ed. Platforms, Markets and Innovation. Edward Elgar, London.
  2. 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.
  3. Boudreau, K. (2010). Open Platform Strategies and Innovation: Granting Access vs. Devolving Control. Management Science. 56(10) 1849-1872.
  4. Boudreau, K., N. Lacetera and K. Lakhani (2011). Incentives and Problem Uncertainty in Innovation Contests: An Empirical Analysis. Management Science. 57(5) 843-863.
  5. 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.
  6. Boudreau, K. (2012). Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom? An Early Look at Large Numbers of Software “Apps” Developers and Patterns of Innovation. Organization Science.
  7. 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
  8. Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani. 2013. Using the Crowd as an Innovation Partner. Harvard Business Review.
  9. Guinan, E., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani. 2013. Experiments in Open Innovation at the Harvard Medical School. MIT Sloan Management Review.
  10. Boudreau, K, Jeppesen, L. 2014. Unpaid Platform Complementors and the Network Effect Mirage. Strategic Management Journal. (forthcoming)
Manuscripts and Working Papers
  • 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 (R&R)
  • 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  (R&R)
  • Boudreau, K., K. Lakhani. Cumulative Innovation & Open Disclosure of Intermediate Results: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Bioinformatics  (R&R)
  • Boudreau, K, P. Gaule, K. Lakhani, C. Riedl, A. Woolley Initiating Collaboration 
  • Boudreau, K., I. Ganguli, P. Gaule, E. Guinan and K. Lakhani. Scientific Collaborations.
  • Blasco, A., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani, M. Menietti, C. Riedl. Self-Organizing Teams
  • Blasco, A., K. Boudreau, D. Mindruta. Videogame-Movie Tie-ins
  • Boudreau, K. and K. Lakhani. Sorting and Performance on Online Platforms 
  • Boudreau, K., L. Jeppesen and M. Miric. Digital Competition.

Research Topics & Expertise

Industry Experience and Interests