Dr. Kevin Boudreau

In my research, I ask how a new generation of "platforms" are able to best organize large numbers of surrounding actors and innovators  I draw on deep insights from economics and a range of other disciplines to better understand how these models work. I tend to focus on novel empirical research designs as means to ask and answer questions.

My work has been published in a range of research journals including Management Science, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, Nature Biotech, and with practitioner journals such as the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. I 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 Journal.

Prior to pursuing academic research, I began my early career conducting experiments and building statistical models--first to predict heat dissipation in microelectronics applications, and later to evaluate and control silicon wafer production to increase yield. I later pursued strategy consulting, management, startups and M&A in technology. I continue to help out and learn from government organizations and innovative organizations in subject areas close to my research.


Research Manuscripts
  • Digital Mash-ups and IPRs
  • Incentives in Public Contests
  • Scientific Collaborations
  • Centralized and Decentralized Collaboration Matching Online
  • Incentive Problems in Crowdfunding
  • Platform Organization
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Digital Marketplaces
  • Strategy Dynamics and Innovation


  • 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)