N. Venkatraman

David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management

Boston University



Professor N. Venkatraman is the David J. McGrath Professor of Management at Boston University and has been a Visiting Professor at London Business School. His research interests include a network-centric view of business strategy, IT Strategy and IT sourcing, theory construction in Strategy and IT.


The discussion focused on two major questions. First: what's the pattern of network topology over time and how does it compare with network characteristics in other settings? Addressing this question allows to bring theoretical and methodological insights from other comparable networks in the spirit of cumulative theory building. Two: what's the logic of attachment of modules to different platforms over time? This question tests how and when platform dominance gave rise to winter-take-all conditions and how new generation of platforms realign the pattern of platform-complementor interactions. Answers to these two questions together will allows to further the understanding of strategic management of information technology in a network-era.

The speaker presented empirical results from various class of models and outlined the program of research in software and mobile Internet industries.He discussed the potential vale of this type of models for a broader set of network research studies in strategy and information systems.


Friday, April 25, 2003

1:30 - 3:00 pm

JKP 202

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Streaming Video
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Business network examples

Interoperability as a new source of competitive advantage

Topology of relationships between game consoles and game titles

From vertical integration to specialization in computing


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