Kevin Boudreau

Kevin Boudreau

Chief Economist & co-Principal Investigator

I study strategy and economics in a range of fascinating contexts: "apps" platforms; on-line computer games; social networks; innovation contest platforms and crowdsourcing; bioinformatics and genomics; medical research teams; social network platforms; analytics and "big data"; smartphone hardware designers; and other areas. These contexts are notable for their rapid dynamics and innovation, large numbers of interacting players, and for the diversity they hold. Crucially, they also tend to have a central actor or platform at their core, who architects how these economic systems operate. Despite their seemingly exotic industry characteristics, these contexts have a useful lessons to offer, more generally, on questions of strategy, innovation and organization.

My research is deeply empirical and quantitative. The projects involve a mix of reduced-form and structural analyses of large naturally occurring data sets, and a large number of field experiments. My research has received support from Google, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Microsoft, the Paris Chamber of Commerce, London Business School, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Management Lab, and HEC-Paris.

I have designed and taught core Strategy programmes for the MBA, Executive MBA and Master's of Science. I have also taught advanced courses in Strategy--related to technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and industrial dynamics and game theory thinking. I currently teach the core Executive MBA strategy in London, Dubai and New York.

I am the Chief Economist at the NASA Tournament lab, an advisor to Harvard Medical School on innovation and advisor to several other ventures. Prior to entering academia, I held positions at the Economist Intelligence Unit, Qualcomm, Braxton Associates, Nortel Networks, the Canadian Space Agency and a startup called Nikean Wireless.

I originally studied engineering at the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Management Science on account of my interest in economics and statistics. These interests led me to study an M.A. in Economics at the University of Toronto. After working for a number of years in strategy consulting and technology firms in Canada, the Americas and Europe, I returned to study at the Sloan School at MIT for a Ph.D, in what was then the economics track of the strategy program. There, I studied the core economics department program, with special emphasis on industrial and organizational economics, econometrics and statistics, and the economics of innovation. My dissertation research was on "How Open Should an Open System Be?"