Associate Professor, Northeastern University 
Research Associate, NBER
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 of various digital and real-world kinds. The goal is to understand ways that platforms can be designed and organized to accelerate advances in knowledge, new ideas, technology, science, research, commercialization and learning.


  • Jan 2018 University of Michigan
  • March 2018 Economics of Online Platforms Conference (University of Florida Law & Economics Departments)
  • May 2018 Stanford University


I have various experimental and econometric studies in preparation, covering: platform competition and innovation, and science and universities (as "platforms" of a kind). 

Here are some recent working papers.

    • Lakhani, K., K. Boudreau, C. Baldwin, A. MacCormack, E. Guinan, et al. (2013) "Prize-based contests can provide solutions to computational biology problems." Nature Biotechnology31(2):108. 
    • Guinan, E., K. Boudreau, K. Lakhani.  (2013) "Experiments in Open Innovation at the Harvard Medical School." MIT Sloan Management Review54(3): 45-52.






    Dr. Boudreau's research studies how platforms of various kinds can be designed to orchestrate large numbers of actors to solve challenging innovation problems.  He is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University at the School of Business, with courtesy appointments at the Department of Economics and College of Computer and Information Science. He is a research associate at the NBER and a research fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Quantitative Social Science. 

    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, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and Nature Biotech—and has been funded and supported by organizations such as Google, Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce. He is an assistant editor of Management Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and in Business Strategy departments. He is on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal.

    He has degrees from MIT (Ph.D. in Behavioral and Policy Sciences), University of Toronto (Master of Arts in Economics) and the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering).  Prior to pursuing academic research, Kevin held positions at The Economist Group, Qualcomm, Braxton Associates and the Canadian Space Agency.


    Associate Professor,
    Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Dept. Economics; College of Computer & Information Science
    IoT Open Innovation Lab,
    Research Program on Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy (RPDIES)
    Northeastern University

    Program on Productivity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,
    National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

    Institute of Quantitative Social Science,
    Harvard University 

    Industry Interests

    Science, applied science and engineering, digital platforms, online marketplaces, Internet of Things, sensors, digital innovation, digital products, APIs/mash-ups, crowdsourcing, mobile and embedded computing, multi-sided markets, online communities, distributed innovation, digital technologies and tools applied to science and engineering, and universities as "platforms" for knowledge creation.