About my research

My main research topics are open innovation and digital economics dealing with both managerial and market-based aspects. My work explores how new productive activities driven by external – non commercial – players may lead to valuable outcomes for traditional – potentially for-profit – players. For this purpose I study the market-based benefits that traditional productive entities may derive from surrounding – alternative – activities and the organizational mechanisms to be set up to reach such profitable outcomes. I am thus interested in measuring the impact of community-based initiatives led by atypical productive players on the valuation of productive activities at both private – commercial – and public – collective – levels.

Focusing on the cases of open source software development and file-sharing activities, my results show that cooperative participation patterns between traditional productive entities and new community-based – user-driven – organizations are likely to deliver variable outcomes to both of them. As such, the so-called 'open innovation' model enables players to mutually benefit from the reshape of the industrial landscape it generates, whether it deals with legal or 'outlaw' sources of innovation. Such a model nevertheless requires the setting up of organizational readjustments for sustainable gains to be derived from the 'open' paradigm shift.

Through both a managerial and market-based lens, the goal of my current research is to better understand (1) the microstructures of community-based innovative organizations, (2) the conditions for which cooperation dynamics provide mutual benefits to both commercial and non-commercial organizations, (3) the suitability of the business models that are likely to emerge from such cooperation patterns, and (4) the shifting role of intellectual property rights in this framework.

 

Research interests

Industrial Organization, Innovation Economics, Economics of the Internet, Development Economics

 

Awards

  • 'Shieh Tung-Min Memorial Award' for Research Excellence
    4th 2010 Joint eCASE Conference, Grand Lisboa, Macau, January 2010
    "Peer-to-peer networks and complementary goods: The impact of openness and innovation on 'profitable' piracy", with Maher Gordah
  • Best Paper Award
    1st 2007 Joint eCASE Conference, Harbour Plaza, Hong Kong, August 2007
    "File-sharing on the Internet: Digital goods consumption and organizational issues"

 

Publications - Peer-reviewed journals
  • "Piracy, indirect 'sampling' and sequential adoption of TV series with multiple episodes", with Maher Gordah and Moustapha Niang, Revue d'Economie Industrielle, 2012, n° 139, pp. 9-25. Also published in European Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, 2013, n° 6.
  • "Proprietary or open source software? Winner-takes-all competition, partial adoption and efficiency", with Eric Darmon and Dominique Torre, Revue d'Economie Industrielle, 2011, n° 136, pp. 109-140.
  • "Bridging the learning gap in the market for higher education: E-learning and public subsidies", with Adel Ben Youssef and Ludovic Ragni, Economic Analysis, 2011, vol. 45, n° 3-4, pp. 1-11.
  • "Aide au développement et information asymétrique : Une analyse principal-agent", with Maher Gordah, Région et Développement, 2011, n° 34, pp. 163-180.
  • "Peer-to-peer networks and complementary goods: The impact of openness and innovation on 'profitable' piracy", with Maher Gordah, Economic Analysis, 2011, vol. 44, n° 1-2, pp. 15-37.
  • "Commercial networks and file-sharing networks: Competition or complementarity?", with Victor Dos Santos Paulino, International Scientific Journal of Management Information Systems, 2009, vol. 4, n° 2, pp. 41-55.
  • "Open source software reshaping Defense-related management of technologies", with David W. Versailles, International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes, 2009, vol. 1, n° 2, pp. 14-27.
  • "Gouvernance des programmes de Défense et Sécurité et dynamique de l'adoption des nouvelles technologies : Le cas des logiciels open source", with David W. Versailles, Economie et Institutions, 2008-2009, n° 12-13, pp. 61-92.

 

Publications - Proceedings
  • "Managing knowledge withing military open source software (MOSS) projects", with Pierre Barbaroux
    Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intellectual Capital Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning, Academic Conferences Limited, pp. 53-60, October 2007. ISBN: 978-1-905305-61-2 Book
  • "Commercial or open source software? Winner-takes-all competition, partial adoption and efficiency", with Eric Darmon and Dominique Torre
    Proceedings of the 2006 Telecom ParisTech Conference on the Economics

 

Working papers

  • "Monitoring Digital Piracy: Public vs. Private Enforcement", with Eric Darmon.
  • "How Can Proprietary Software Firms Take Advantage Over Open Source Communities? Another Story of Profitable Piracy", with Mourad Zeroukhi. 
  • "Nationalisation, qualité et distorsion marchande dans le secteur agroalimentaire : une analyse de duopole mixte", with Claire Baldin (under revision).
 

Conferences and workshops

  • Digital Piracy in Cultural Industries: Understanding and Assessing Policy and Business Responses, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, October 2013
  • 8th EPIP Annual Conference, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, September 2013
  • Economics of Digital Content Management: Distribution, Piracy and Legal Protections, Department of Economics, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, Newark, June 2013
  • 20ème Conférence de l'Association Internationale de Management Stratégique (AIMS), Institut d'Economie et de Management de Nantes - AUDENCIA Nantes, Nantes, June 2011
  • 6th Organization Studies Summer Workshop on Bridging Public Organization and Organizing Back In, Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, Paris, May 2011 
  • 4th FLOSS International Workshop on Free/Libre Open Source Software: Business Models, Social Networks and Collaborative Knowledge Development, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, July 2010
  • DRUID Summer Conference 2010 on Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organization and Innovation, Imperial College, London, June 2010 
  • 4th 2010 Joint eCASE Conference, Grand Lisboa, Macau, January 2010
  • 3rd FLOSS International Workshop on Free/Libre Open Source Software: Free/Libre Open Source, Open Innovation and the Emergence of Open Business Models, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, July 2009
  • 4th Telecom ParisTech Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, June 2009
  • 2nd Doctoral Meeting of Montpellier, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, May 2009
  • 2nd FLOSS International Workshop on Free/Libre Open Source Software: Open Models and Cooperation within Online Communities, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, June 2009
  • Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) 1.5 Workshop: Open Source Software and Security Issues, French Airforce Academy, Salon de Provence, April 2008
  • 1st Online services Conference: Networks – Contents – Usages, Université Paris Sud 11, Sceaux, December 2007
  • 4th ICICKM, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, October 2007
  • 3rd Knowledge Forum on Knowledge Management for Fostering Innovation, CERAM Business School, Sophia Antipolis, September 2007
  • 1st 2007 joint International eCASE Conference, Harbour Plaza, Hong Kong, August 2007
  • 3rd International Conference on Open Source Systems (Toward a new industrial organization? Open-source software in economic and managerial perspective), University of Limerick, Limerick, June 2007
  • 1st Workshop on “The diffusion of FLOSS and the Organization of the Software Industry”, GREDEG, Sophia Antipolis, June 2007
  • 33rd EARIE, Amsterdam School of Economics, Amsterdam, August 2006
  • 1st ICT Conference, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécomunications, Paris, June 2006
  • Séminaire WP, GREDEG, Sophia Antipolis, June 2006
  • Groupe de travail Interactions, GREQAM, Marseille, April 2006
  • XV èmes Journées du SESAME, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, September 2005
  • 5th ZEW ICT Conference, ZEW, Manheim, July 2005
  • 3rd Young Researchers Meeting at the “ICT and Society” research consortium, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécomunications, Paris, June 2005
  • 2nd Augustin Cournot Doctoral Days, Pôle Européen de Gestion et d’Economie, Strasbourg, April 2005
  • 2nd Young Researchers Meeting at the “ICT and Society” research consortium, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Marne-la-Vallée, January 2004