Dr. Kevin Boudreau

My research investigates how platforms are organized to best orchestrate large numbers of surrounding actors and innovators.
My work has been published in Management Science, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Nature BiotechI am an assistant editor of Management Science in its Business Strategy department, and in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship department. I am on the editorial board of the Strategic Management JournalI teach strategy, innovation entrepreneurship, digital and platform economics, and research design. 

* Northeastern University: Entrepreneurship & Innovation of School of Business, Department of Economics, College of Computer and Information Sciences; Research Program on Digital Innovation, Economics and Strategy (DIES)
* Harvard University: Institute of Quantitative Social Science
* NASA Tournament Lab

Prior to pursuing academic research, I carried out engineering research, experiments and statistical models and then later engaged in Strategy Consulting and M&A at Bell Northern Research, Braxton Associates, Qualcomm and The Economist Group. Here is more detail.

Selected Manuscripts Submitted or in Preparation
  • Incentives in Public Contests
  • Selection into Contests
  • Search for Scientific Collaborations
  • Digital Mash-ups, Patents and Copyright
    • Centralized and Decentralized Collaboration Matching Online
    • Crowdfunding
    • Organizing a Platform
    • Market Selection and Innovation in Digital Marketplaces

    Research Papers

      • Boudreau, K., and K. Lakhani (2015) Innovation Experiments: Researching Technical Advance, Knowledge Production and the Design of Supporting Institutions. In Innovation Policy and the Economy National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), volume 16, edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
      • Lakhani, K., K. Boudreau, L. Backstrom, C. Baldwin, P. Loh, E. Lonstein, M. Lydon, A. MacCormack, R. Arnaout and E. Guinan. (2013) Prize-based contests can provide solutions to computational biology problemsNature Biotechnology31(2):108. 
      • Boudreau, K., K. Lakhani. (2013) Using the Crowd as an Innovation PartnerHarvard Business Review91(4): 60-69. (Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award best paper finalist, 2013)
      • Guinan, E., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani.  (2013) Experiments in Open Innovation at the Harvard Medical SchoolMIT Sloan Management Review54(3): 45-52.
      • Boudreau, K., 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., K. Lakhani. (2009) How to Manage Outside Innovation: Competitive Markets or Collaborative Communities? MIT Sloan Management Review50(4): 69-75.

      • Casadesus-Masanell, R., K. Boudreau and J. Mitchell. (2008) Palm (A): The Debate on Licensing Palm's OS (1997).
      • Casadesus-Masanell, R., K. Boudreau and J. Mitchell. (2008) Palm (B): 2001.
      • Casadesus-Masanell, R., K. Boudreau and J. Mitchell. (2008) Palm (C): 2005.
      • Casadesus-Masanell, R., K. Boudreau and J. Mitchell. (2008) Palm (D): Epilogue as of 2008.
      • Francioli, S., K. Boudreau. (2008) The Commercial Space Business: EADS Astrium.
      • Blasco, A. and K. Boudreau. (2011) Fubles.com: Growing a Platform.
      • Boudreau, K. (2015) The Economist Corporate Network. (unpublished)