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Innovation and Competition in the Digital Economy Part I: Big Tech, Competition & Innovation in the Digital Economy

Joint event with the Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin

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The panel is part of the Symposium on Innovation and Competition in the Digital Economy jointly organized by Prof. Johannes M. Bauer, Quello Center at Michigan State University, and Dr. Volker Stocker, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society.

The event will provide a stimulating venue for researchers from multiple fields, including economics/management and law, to discuss their work and perspectives on the roles of big tech for innovation and competition in the digital economy. Specifically, we would like to discuss the impact of big tech companies on competition and their effects on innovation in digital ecosystems, and we want to explore these issues from national and international perspectives.

To maximize time for discussion, all panelists will present an opening position. After these introductory remarks, we will move into a moderated panel discussion and then wrap up the discussion with a Q&A with the audience.


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM- Welcome & Check-in

10:15 AM – 11:45 PM- Panel – Big Tech, Competition & Innovation in the Digital Economy

11:45 AM – 12.00 PM- Closing Remarks


Annabelle Gawer is Chaired Professor in Digital Economy; Director, Surrey Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE). She is a thought-leader and expert advisor on the business of digital platforms and platform-based innovation ecosystems. Author of 30 articles and 4 books on platforms including The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power with M Cusumano (MIT) and D Yoffie (Harvard Business School) (2019,) and Platform Leadership with Michael Cusumano, her 2021 study Online Platforms: Economic and Societal Effects (with N. Srnicek) was published by the European Parliament.


Shane Greenstein is the Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the HBS Digital Initiative. He teaches in the Technology, Operations, and Management Unit. Encompassing a wide array of questions about microelectronics, computing, communication, and internet markets, Professor Greenstein’s research extends from economic measurement and analysis to broader issues. His most recent book, How the Internet Became Commercial (2015, Princeton University Press), won the 2016 Schumpeter Prize for best book. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his BA from the University of California at Berkeley, both in economics.


Herbert Hovenkamp is the James G. Dinan University Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School, where he teaches antitrust law, American legal and Constitutional history, torts, and intellectual property and antitrust policy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2008 won the Justice Department’s John Sherman Award for his lifetime contributions to antitrust law.






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