Geoffrey Parker
Professor of Engineering Innovation
at Dartmouth
Distinguished Fellow


EducationMIT Sloan School of Management, Ph.D. (Management Science) (1998).

Academic AppointmentsProfessor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Dartmouth College; Research Fellow at MIT's Initiative for the Digital Economy.

Prior AppointmentsProfessor of Management Science, Tulane University; Director of Tulane Energy Institute.

Recognition & AwardsProduction and Operations Management Society (POMS) Fellow Award, 2020; Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, 2019; Best Paper Award, Management Science IS Dept, 2019 (Innovation, Openness, and Platform Control); Top 10 Harvard Business Review Must-Reads, 2017; Best Paper Award, MIS Quarterly, 2017 (Platform Ecosystems: How Developers Invert the Firm); Golden Book Award Best Business Book, 2016 (Platform Revolution, Mandarin edition); All Time Top 50 Harvard Business Review article (Strategies for Two-Sided Markets).

Research Field

Data analytics; Platform economics & Strategy; Intellectual property; Core operations; Product innovation & Development; Outsourcing & Supply chain strategy; Energy economics, Policy, Strategy, Innovation, Market structure & Performance

Geoffrey Parker is a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College where he also serves as Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program. In addition, he is a research fellow at MIT's Initiative for the Digital Economy where he leads platform industry research studies and co-chairs the annual MIT Platform Strategy Summit. Prior to joining Dartmouth, Parker was a professor of business at Tulane University. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton and M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. He is the co-author of the book “Platform Revolution.” His current research includes studies of platform business strategy, data governance, smart cities and energy systems, financial services, and electronic healthcare record systems. Parker's research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the states of Louisiana and New York, and numerous corporations. He serves or has served as department editor and associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker won the Thinkers50 2019 Digital Thinking Award, along with Marshall Van Alstyne, for the concepts of the inverted firm, two-sided markets, and how firms can adapt and thrive in a platform economy. Parker is a frequent keynote speaker and advises senior leaders on their organizations' platform strategies. Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE Semiconductor and GE Healthcare. 

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