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Parker, Geoffrey

Professor of engineering at the Thayer School of Dartmouth College  and director of the Master of Engineering Management Program

Prior to joining Dartmouth, I was a professor of management science at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and served as Director of the Tulane Energy Institute. At Dartmouth, I teach courses in business platform strategy and data analytics in the engineering school and executive education in the business school.

We were recently awarded the 2019 Thinkers50 “Digital Thinking Award” for work on two-sided markets and the “inverted firm” whereby firms leverage network effects through external ecosystems, shifting value creation from inside to outside.

Our book Platform Revolution has on the order of 200,000 copies worldwide in ten languages. Interestingly, over half of these have occurred in the second and third years since publication in 2016, suggesting that there is enduring interest in the topic.

I spend summers in Boston as a visiting scholar and fellow at the MIT Initiative for the Digital Economy where I also co-chair the annual MIT Platform Summit and the annual BU Platform Research Symposium.  I speak frequently at academic conferences and industry events and advise senior leaders in government and industry on their platform strategies.

My research explores the economics of and strategy of platform markets and two-sided markets. I am also interested in distributed innovation. The research projects have been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (IIS-0338662, SES-0323227, SES-0925004) , the Department of Energy (DE-FC26-08NT01922), and multiple corporations including CISCO, Haier, International Post Corporation, Mass Mutual, Microsoft, PJM, SAP, and Thomson Reuters. I am serving or have served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation, a Senior Editor for the journal Production and Operations Management, associate editor for the journal Management Science, and ad-hoc associate editor for MIS Quarterly and special issued editor of Information Systems Research.

I received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the MIT Sloan School of Management.