Feng Zhu
 Technology and Operations Management
 Harvard Business School


Curriculum Vitae

Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 425
Boston, MA 02163

Google Scholar Profile

I am Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. My research examines digital strategy and innovation, with an emphasis on the design of platform business models.
Papers on why some platforms thrive but others don't:
Network Interconnectivity and Entry into Platform Markets (with Xinxin Li, Ehsan Valavi, and Marco Iansiti). 2021 Information Systems Research. 32(3): 1009-1024.
Homing and Platform Responses to Entry: Historical Evidence from the U.S. Newspaper Industry (with Francis Park and Robert Seamans). 2021. Strategic Management Journal 42(4): 684-709.
Trust and Disintermediation: Evidence from an Online Freelance Marketplace (with Grace Gu). 2021. Management Science 67(2): 794-807.
Entry into Platform-Based Markets (with Marco Iansiti). 2012. Strategic Management Journal 33(1): 88-106.
Group Size and Incentives to Contribute: A Natural Experiment at Chinese Wikipedia (with Michael Zhang). 2011. NET Institute Working Paper #07-22. American Economic Review 101(4): 1601-1615.
Papers on the tension between platform owners and platform participants:
Friends or Foes? Examining Platform Owners' Entry into Complementors' Spaces. 2019. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 28(1): 23-28.
Competing with Complementors: An Empirical Look at Amazon.com (with Qihong Liu). 2018. Strategic Management Journal 39(10): 2618-2642.
Papers on how platforms can encourage complementor participation:
Marketplace Scalability and Strategic Use of Platform Investment (with Jin Li, Gary Pisano, and Richard Xu). Forthcoming. Management Science.
Ideology and Composition Among an Online Crowd: Evidence from Wikipedians (with Shane Greenstein and Grace Gu). 2021. Management Science. 67(5): 3067-3086.
Open Content, Linus' Law, and Neutral Point of View (with Shane Greenstein). 2016. Information Systems Research 27(3): 618-635.
Is Wikipedia Biased? (with Shane Greenstein). 2012. American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings) 102(3): 343-348.
Ad Revenue and Content Commercialization: Evidence from Blogs (with Monic Sun). 2013. NET Institute Working Paper #11-32. Management Science 59(10): 2314-2331.
Papers on platform competition:
Frenemies in Platform Markets: Heterogeneous Profit Foci as Drivers of Compatibility Decisions (with Ron Adner and Jianqing Chen). 2020. Management Science 66(6): 2432-2451. Video Abstract
Repositioning and Cost-Cutting: The Impact of Competition on Platform Strategies (with Robert Seamans). 2017. Strategy Science 2(2): 83-99.
The Impact of Patent Wars on Firm Strategy: Evidence from the Global Smartphone Industry (with Yongwook Paik). 2016. Organization Science 27(6): 1397-1416.
Cannibalization and Option Value Effects of Secondary Markets: Evidence from the US Concert Industry (with Victor Bennett and Robert Seamans). 2015. Strategic Management Journal 36(11): 1599-1614. Video Abstract
Responses to Entry in Multi-Sided Markets: The Impact of Craigslist on Local Newspapers (with Robert Seamans). 2014. NET Institute Working Paper #10-11. Management Science 60(2): 476-493.
Business Model Innovation and Competitive Imitation: The Case of Sponsor-Based Business Models (with Ramon Casadesus-Masanell). 2013. Strategic Management Journal 34(4): 464-482.
Strategies to Fight Ad-Sponsored Rivals (with Ramon Casadesus-Masanell). 2010. NET Institute Working Paper #09-09. Management Science 56(9): 1484-1499.
Other papers:
Gender Inequality in Research Productivity During the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Ruomeng Cui and Hao Ding). 2022. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 24(2): 707-726.
What is Different about Digital Strategy? From Quantitative to Qualitative Change (with Ron Adner and Phanish Puranam). 2019. Strategy Science 4(4): 253-261.
U-Shaped Conformity in Online Social Networks (with Monic Sun and Michael Zhang). 2019. Marketing Science 38(3): 461-480.
What is the Impact of Software Patent Shifts? Evidence from Lotus v. Borland (with Josh Lerner). 2007. International Journal of Industrial Organization 25(3): 511-529.