Dr. Kevin BOUDREAU
Welcome to my research page.
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, and learning.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (DMSB)
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)
Institute of Quantitative Social Science
Admin. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Mr. Michael Marafitte m.marafitteatneu.edu 617.373.3241
Various papers in preparation.
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 Journal. Prior to pursuing academic research, Kevin held industry positions related to data and analytics, management consulting, M&A in technology, and designing engineering experiments.
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.