Platform Strategy Research Symposium

July 14, 2016

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


A platform strategy symposium was held in Boston over two days, July 14 and 15. The first day is designed to provide a forum for academics to share their latest research and was held at Boston University Questrom School of Business’s Executive Leadership Center. The second day was designed to provide a forum for executives to share experiences and challenges and will be held at the MIT Media Laboratory..

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.



Geoffrey Parker & Marshall Van Alstyne


Geoffrey Parker, Tulane University
Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University
Andrei Hagiu, Harvard Business School
Kevin Boudreau, Harvard Business School

Administrative Contact:

If you have questions, please contact Carol Waldvogel ( or phone 617-353-9632.


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