The Digital Business Institute brings together business professionals, thought leaders, and researchers for engaging, topical, and thought-provoking events that showcase leading-edge digital business research.

Upcoming Events

Blockchain, Beyond Crypto

Join Professors Gerry Tsoukalas, Mark Williams, Steven Kou, and Tim Swanson, Head of Market Intelligence at London-based Clearmatics for a fascinating panel discussion on the current state and future trends in the emerging technology of blockchain. The panel will be moderated by Yasmin Amer, Senior Business Reporter, WBUR



Creating Relevance in the Workplace of the Future

Coming this spring! Date will be announced soon.

Speaker: Andrea Coville, CEO, Brodeur Partners

Join us for a conversation with Andrea Coville, CEO of Brodeur Partners, a global branding and communications agency centered on helping clients create and sustain Relevance, and author of Relevance: The Power to Change Minds and Behavior and Stay Ahead of the Competition.

Coville will present Brodeur Partners’ most recent research examining drivers of Relevance in the global workplace. Relevance is a unique methodology which examine the linkages between communications and behavioral chance. This study was completed in September 2022, and focuses on gaining global insight into the return to the workplace as well as a deep dive into personal values and priorities. The study includes data from the U.S., South Korea, U.K., Brazil and India.

Andrea Coville is the CEO of Brodeur Partners, a global branding and communications agency centered on helping clients create and sustain relevance, and author of Relevance: The Power to Change Minds and Behavior and Stay Ahead of the Competition, and Creating Relevance in a Time of Uncertainty.

Past Events

When People Will (and Won’t) Trust Algorithms

Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Carey MorewedgeEverett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Professor, Marketing

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Data Blitz

Thanks to all who joined us for the Digital Business Institute Data Blitz, where we showcase Faculty Research that Matters. 

Monday, November 14, from 12pm -2pm
Questrom Executive Dining Rooms, 4th floor.

Professor Gordon Burtch, Are EV Charging Stations creating demand for nearby retailers?

Professor Nitin Joglekar, Running Distributed Supply Chains on Two-Sided Platforms – Proximal Capacity and Pricing Effects

Professor Steven Kou,  Designing Stablecoins

Professor Tesary Lin, Consent interface design changes and the quality of consumer data collection
Professor Carey Morewedge, When are people threatened by AI?

Professor Shuba Srinivasan, Sociopolitical risk events: Impact on brands and firm value


Marketplace Leakage

Wednesday, November 9 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

Speaker: Andrei Hagiu – Dean’s Research Scholar, Associate Professor, Information Systems

Leakage happens when participants meet on a marketplace but take their transactions off the platform to avoid paying the marketplace its cut. What are the factors that determine the severity of the leakage problem for any given marketplace? And what can marketplaces do to deal with leakage?

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Platform Strategy Research Symposium
The Premier Conference on Platform Research

July 19, 2022, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Bringing together global scholars to advance the latest research.

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CBER Conference

Friday, May 13, 2022, All day in person/hybrid event

The Digital Business Institute was proud to host the 2nd Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research Forum Conference. The Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research (CBER) Forum is a group of blockchain faculty from leading universities. This 2022 conference was organized in collaboration with Management Science, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and the Digital Business Institute (DBI), Columbia University’s Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, Ecole Polytechnique, FinTech at Cornell – an Initiative of the SC Johnson College of Business, the NYU Stern School of Business, the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management’s FinHub, and the Wake Forest University School of Business

This highly successful hybrid event drew over 100 scholars from all over the world. The keynote speakers were Antoinette Schoar, Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management, and J. Christopher Ginacarlo, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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Free Speech, Platforms & The Fake News Problem

Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Speaker: Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Chair Professor at Boston University, coauthor of the international bestseller Platform Revolution and one of the world’s experts on network business models.

This webinar examines the key attributes of “fake news” and of current solutions, and present design tradeoffs for curbing fake news.

Pros and Cons of Decentralized Platforms

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

It is well-known that centralized platforms with network effects are the most powerful businesses on the planet (e.g. Airbnb, Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft). But blockchain technologies and smart contracts have given rise to the emergence of decentralized platforms, i.e. platforms that are not completely controlled by a single corporate entity. In this exciting 1-hour session, Professor Andrei Hagiu, Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor in Information Systems and recognized expert on platform businesses, will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of decentralized platforms, and the extent to which they can challenge “traditional”, centralized platforms.

Building Products that Customers will Love

Monday, Nov 8 2021, 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT – Hybrid Event

Moderated by Ben Lubin, Clinical Associate Professor, Information Systems Faculty Director, MSDT Program


Neel Madhvani, former VP of Product, Chewy and Questrom MBA 2011
Anis Raja, Senior Director of Software Engineering, Chewy
Brad Durkin, Head of Design, Perch

The Cookies are Crumbling: What’s Next for Digital Advertising?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT – Zoom webinar

Cookies have already been turned off by Firefox and Safari and Google announced it will ban third-party cookies beginning in 2022.  What are the implications for the marketing industry?  What’s next?

Join Questrom Professors Pete Howard and Garrett Johnson as they discuss the future of the marketing industry in a post cookie world.

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Managing AI

Friday, September 24, 2021

Join editors and authors for a discussion of the papers in the MIS Quarterly Special Issue on Managing AI
This event is sponsored by the Digital Business Institute and MIS Quarterly.
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Platform Strategy Research Symposium

July 16, 2021, Boston University Questrom School of Business

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Should We Regulate Platforms? How?

May 27, 2021, 12:00pm – 2:00pm EDT

Join Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor in Management, as he hosts a panel of experts, including Andrei Hagiu, Associate Professor of Information Systems, to discuss whether platforms should be regulated, the implications of such actions, and possible solutions on how to regulate them. Guest speakers include the former Chief Economist for Microsoft, lead author of the U Chicago antitrust report, lead author of the EU antitrust report, and the review team for the EU Digital Markets Act.

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Digitally Transforming Post-COVID Health Care 7 Part Series

This 7-session series presents an evidence-based approach to digitally transforming Health Care to address the immediate COVID Crisis and improve post-COVID Health Care outcomes dramatically.

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The Digital Business Institute is a co-sponsor of the 2021 Platform Strategy Research Symposium – July 16, 2021

The Symposium brings together global scholars to advance the latest research.
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Boston Digital Leadership Forum

The Digital Business Institute and the Information Systems Department at Boston University Questrom School of Business co-host the Boston Digital Leadership Forum, where we feature well-known digital business leaders or thinkers to discuss our digital future. Find out more.