Dr. Kevin J. Boudreau is an assistant professor in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship department at London Business School. He asks questions, develops theory and designs empirical research related to platform design--and how firms and individuals around a platform can be best organized and orchestrated. He considers a wide range of ways platforms can be organized, including: multi-sided markets, crowdsourcing contests, collaborative contributions, open source, crowdfunding and open science approaches and other institutional arrangements. The goal is to discern fundamental lessons regarding how these systems work and can be better designed.

   Dr. Boudreau received his PhD from MIT in Behavioral and Policy Sciences in Strategy, in the Economics track. Prior 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 the design of experiments, the development of analytical, simulation, statistical and numerical modelling methods, and industrial and digital design and programming.

   Before academic research, Dr. Boudreau held a number of positions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy, including those at The Economist Group, Qualcomm, Braxton Associates, the Canadian Space Agency, Nortel and Nikean (a startup). He currently advises several public and private organisations. 

  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)
  11. Boudreau, K., E. Guinan, K. Lakhani and C. Riedl. Looking Across and Looking Beyond the Knowledge Frontier: Intellectual Distance and Resource Allocation in Science. Management Science (forthcoming)
  12. Boudreau, K., K. Lakhani. 'Open' Disclosure of Innovations, Incentives and Follow-on Reuse: Theory on Processes of Cumulative Innovation and a Field Experiment in Computational Biology. Research Policy (forthcoming)
Manuscripts and Working Papers
  • Boudreau, K., K. Lakhani, M. Menietti. Performance Responses to Competition Across Skill-Levels in Rank Order Tournaments: Field Evidence and Implications for Tournament Design  (R&R)
  • Jeppesen, Reichsten, Rullani, Boudreau. Crowd Donations (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.