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Dr. H. (Hakan) Özalp

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Sectie Strategy & International Business

  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
  • CV and Profile

    I joined as an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam in September 2021. I hold my PhD in Business Administration and Management and MSc in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University, and my BSc in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Previously I worked at VU Amsterdam, LMU Munich and Leeds University Business School. My research explores the antecedents and the impact of industrial and technological change on platform ecosystems, firms, and innovation-based competition taking place within these ecosystems and across firms. I taught and coordinated various courses on innovation, strategy, and research methods.

  • Research

    Research Interests: Platform Ecosystems, Innovation, Industry Evolution, Organizational Learning, Video Game Industry

    My research interests lie at the intersections of the literatures on platform-based ecosystems, technological change, and innovation strategy. I explore the impact of technological change (a) on the platform ecosystem, (b) on the firms, and (c) on the direction of innovation by firms. I adopt a strategic and evolutionary view of these relationships as I draw from capability, learning, and modularity perspectives. I studied the US Video Game Industry extensively for my research and hold an in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem, which includes developers, publishers, toolkit/API developers, and last, but not least, gaming platforms. My studies offer clear implications for platform and firm strategy and contribute to our knowledge of strategy, innovation management, and information systems.

    My studies contribute to two different streams of research. First, they contribute to the platform-based ecosystem literature by providing insights on the impact of platform technology design on complementary product developers’ incentives to innovate. Second, they contribute on how changes in the broader technological environment impacts the links between firm experience, new product development success, industry dynamics and the direction of innovation.

    In addition to these two streams of research, I have also started to explore the societal impacts of big tech platform companies, in-line with the recent efforts to regulate these giant platforms. Our forthcoming work at the California Management Review (with Pinar Ozcan, Dize Dinckol, Markos Zachariadis, and Annabelle Gawer), looks at the modalities and patterns of entry by big tech into regulated industries of healthcare and education.

    I hold an award from Academy of Management, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division as the "Finalist for the Best Paper" for my work on complement multi-homing and platform architecture complexity.

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