Platform Strategy Research Symposium

July 13, 2017

Boston University Questrom School of Business | 595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215


A platform strategy symposium will be held in Boston on July 13, 2017. The symposium is designed to provide a forum for academics to share their latest research and will be held at Boston University Questrom School of Business’s Executive Leadership Center.

Strategic Focus

Platform business models are rapidly reshaping the structures and conditions of industries such as media, energy, telecommunications, social networking, publishing, academia, gaming, and retail.  Organizations are finding their current business models to be insufficient or ineffective for addressing the challenges and behavior of platform-based markets.

A Global Community of Scholars

This full-day workshop gave participants the opportunity to interact with academics at the forefront of Platform Strategy research and with executive sponsors from industries facing these strategic challenges.

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Paper Submissions

Examples of topics that might be included are:
• Platform business models
• The sharing economy
• Two-sided networks
• Platform pricing strategy
• Internal organization
• Transitioning products to platforms
• Coalitions, standard setting & policy
• Social impact

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:  Submissions are due May 15. Papers and abstracts are both acceptable although full papers will receive more weight in the selection process.  Papers should conform to length and style guidelines of Management Science, AER, or any standard “A” level journal.  Abstracts should cover the main thesis, methods, and results.  To remain on the program, all accepted submissions will need to be received as a full paper by July 1 in order to be reviewed by a discussant. Please submit papers using the link below.

Submissions are now closed.


Geoffrey Parker & Marshall Van Alstyne


Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University

Andrei Hagiu, Harvard Business School

Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth College

Fernando Suarez, Northeastern University

Administrative Contact:

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Orthman ( or phone 617-353-3910.


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