Geoffrey Parker

Director, Master of Engineering Management Program, Dartmouth College
Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College


Geoffrey Parker Geoffrey Parker is a Professor of Engineering and a Director in the Master of Engineering Management Program at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. He is also a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy. He previously served as Director of the Tulane Energy Institute and on the General Electric (GE) Africa technical workforce advisory board.

Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. His current research includes studies of distributed innovation, business platform strategy, and technical/economic systems to integrate renewable energy. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and multiple corporations. He serves or has served as associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and industry events and advises senior leaders on their organization’s platform strategies. Parker is the co-author of Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--And How to Make Them Work for You, with Marshall W. Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary.

He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, M.S. in electrical engineering (Technology and Policy Program) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Ph.D. in management science from MIT.

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Join the Platform Revolution

    Surprisingly, many people—even savvy business executives—remain unaware of how the platform revolution happened, or what to do about it.

  • The Return of Platforms (and How to Not Fail at Building One)

    MIT Sloan visiting scholar Geoffrey Parker discusses the rise of digital platforms and avoiding the pitfalls of rapid growth.

  • Dartmouth Engineering Professor Co-Authors New Book on Networked Markets

    Out on shelves today is PLATFORM REVOLUTION: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You, by Dartmouth engineering professor Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall...

  • Are Platform Businesses Eating The World?

    Venture investor Marc Andreessen famously wrote “software is now eating the world”— encoded intelligence dominates business. A new book (Platform Revolution) wants to update the slogan.

  • Platform Company Dilemma: Attaining Critical Mass

    Thumbtack, an online marketplace for home and other professional services, faces down a major conundrum of a fledgling platform company: how to build a customer base—fast.

  • Tech Savvy: Is It Time to Build Your Own Platform?

    Identifying an industry ripe for platform disruption: If you really want to create value, forget about burning platforms and start building them.

  • 6 Reasons Platforms Fail

    The success of platform businesses like Alibaba, Airbnb, and Uber is so remarkable that discussion about them often misses just how hard they are to build.

  • Here's How Nike Became a Platform Business

    Platform businesses are disrupting the traditional business landscape in a number of ways—not only by displacing some of the world’s biggest firms, but also by transforming familiar business...

  • How Digital Platforms are Revolutionizing Markets

    It’s no overstatement to say that the two-sided networked market, or platform, business and organizational model is one of the most important economic and social developments of our time....

  • Here’s the Advantage that Keeps Silicon Valley Ahead of the World

    A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms.


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Teaches In

Internet of Things: Business Implications and Opportunities (self-paced online) Jan 27-Mar 16, 2021 | Mar 31-May 18, 2021 | Jun 9-Jul 27, 2021 | Aug 11-Sep 28, 2021 | Oct 20-Dec 7, 2021