Annabelle Gawer

An award-winning researcher, author, and educator, Professor Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms such as Google and Facebook, and on platform-based innovative business ecosystems.

Highly-cited author of two books (Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innovation), and about to publish a third one: The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power (with MIT Prof Michael Cusumano and Harvard Business School Prof David Yoffie, forthcoming May 2019), as well as over fifteen articles in top international journals, Prof. Gawer’s seminal research on platform leadership and innovation ecosystemsexplains how innovation and competition interact to shape platform-based markets and create new strategic opportunities in the digital economy. She also examines the ways in which online platforms can generate innovation but also market power and formulates suggestions as to how to harness platform power without abusing it. Annabelle’s work has been featured in The New York TimesThe London TimesThe Financial Times (here and here), The Economist (hereand here) and The Wall Street Journal.

A French citizen, Annabelle studied in France and in the USA. She is a graduate of MIT (Ph.D. in Management of Technological Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2000) and Stanford (MSc Industrial Engineering, 1992), Annabelle also earned a Diplôme d’Ingenieur Civil des Mines and a Maîtrise de Mathématiques Appliquées (Univ Pierre & Marie Curie Paris 6).

A pioneer of international stature in the field of digital platforms, Annabelle is a leading voice in advancing research (Google Scholar indicates over 6120 citations as of September 2018), as well as managerial practice and European policy. Prof. Gawer advises the European Commission, the UK Parliament House of Lords, and the OECD on issues related to the future of ICT research directions in Europe and on the question of regulation of online platforms.

Annabelle Gawer