Welcome to my research page. Here is my c.v.

I research how large numbers of problem-solvers are organized on platforms of various kinds. 

I use large-scale econometric and field experimental studies to investigate fundamental microeconomic and behavioral determinants of conduct and behavior on platforms to determine ways they can be designed to accelerate advances in knowledge, new ideas, technology, science, research, commercialization and learning.

Associate Professor
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (DMSB)
Courtesy appointments:
Department of Economics (CSSH)
College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS)

Northeastern IoT Open Innovation Lab
Research Program on Digital Innovation, Economics and Strategy (RPDIES)
Northeastern University

Institute of Quantitative Social Science
Harvard University

Admin. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Mr. Michael Marafitte m.marafitteatneu.edu 617.373.3241

Research Papers
Various papers in preparation.   
      • Boudreau, K. "Platform-Based Organization and Boundary Choices: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Growth in the Early History of Mobile Computing" Advances in Strategic Management on  “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Platforms.” eds. Furman, Gawer, Stern, Silverman.
        • 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 Biotechnology. 31(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 Review. 54(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.


        Kevin's research studies how platforms can be designed to orchestrate large numbers of actors to solve challenging innovation problems. Rather than focus one particular approach to platform organization, his work spans a range of approaches to open innovation from  multi-sided platforms, to crowdsourcing and rank-order contests, to innovation communities and community contributions to public goods, etc.. To advance the state of the art, he and his team analyze large data sets and carry out field experiments with industry partners. The work builds on economic and behavioral theories to better explain and understand empirical patterns. 

        Kevin's research has been published in journals such as Management Science, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Nature Biotech—and has been funded and supported by organizations such as Google, Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the French national information technology association and the Paris Chamber of Commerce. 

        He has degrees from MIT (PhD, Behavioral and Policy Sciences), University of Toronto (MA, Economics) and the University of Waterloo (BASc, Engineering). He is an assistant editor of Management Science in its Business Strategy and in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and on the editorial board of the Strategic Management JournalPrior to pursuing academic research, Kevin held industry positions related to data and analytics, management consulting, M&A in technology, and designing engineering experiments. 

        Industry Interests

        Digital platforms, online marketplaces, Internet of Things, sensors, digital innovation, digital media/products/services/APIs/mash-ups, crowdsourcing, mobile and embedded computing, multi-sided markets, online communities, distributed innovation, digital technologies and tools applied to science and engineering.