WE STUDY MOBILE INNOVATION




Join our mailing list!





WELCOME!

The Mobile Innovation Group is a multi-institution group of researchers at Stanford, INSEAD, and MIT that studies how mobile platforms enable a new set of entrepreneurs and innovative ideas to emerge. As the first academic research group of its kind, MIG works with an extensive data set and executes high-level, carefully crafted analyses.

Our Partners

WHAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN

Quantitative and qualitative studies of developers as entrepreneurs and innovators

Monetization strategies in mobile applications

Evolution of the two major mobile platforms and effect on developers

OUR PAPERS

Why do some ventures produce innovative “killer apps” while others don’t? Who is making and destroying value in the app ecosystem? What does platform competition mean for the evolution of the mobile app industry?

Entrepreneurial Innovation: Killer Apps in the Iphone Ecosystem

The mobile applications (apps) industry has exhibited rapid entry and growth in the midst of a recession. Using unique data from the iPhone application ecosystem, we examine how the development of "killer apps" (apps appearing in the top grossing rank) varies by market and app characteristics. We find that previous app experience and no updating increase the likelihood of becoming a killer game app, while more updates increase the likelihood of becoming a non-game killer app. Development...

Economic Value Creation in Mobile Applications

New mobile development platforms have created an enormous opportunity for applications innovation by lowering the costs of R&D and attracting the largest body of potential app demanders ever assembled. This has created an explosion of app suppliers, numerous and diverse. In this early stage of discovering how this new industry will create economic value, such a wide variety of value-creation experiments is potentially very valuable, a wide variety of market institutions have been created to support those experiments. However, as we document in this paper, the sheer volume...

Experimentation Strategies and Entrepreneurial Innovation: Inherited Market Differences in the iPhone Ecosystem

Although experimentation is critical to the innovation process in startups, little research has explored the link between different experimentation strategies and entrepreneurial innovation. We use unique data on experimentation strategies and innovation outcomes of firms producing iPhone applications to show that the appropriateness of different strategies depends on market characteristics. Simultaneous experimentation...

Mobile Computing: The Next Platform Rivalry

Competition to become one of several dominant mobile platforms is intense. Platforms compete for developers, who create applications which make the platform valuable for users. Why doesn't one form of platform governance emerge as superior? This essay will stress the reasons for differentiation and proposes a new argument linked to a platform's "hierarchy." Hierarchical governance features can help at one moment but then get in the way at a...

MIG IN THE PRESS

Check out press featuring our team

SHOW MORE

OUR TEAM

We believe in the power of mobile devices. Our team of professors, graduate students, and undergraduates are passionate about studying innovation onmobile application platforms.


JASON DAVIS

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

PAI-LING YIN

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

TIMOTHY BRESNAHAN

Landau Professor of Technology and the Economy, Department of Economics, Stanford University

MARKUS BALDAUF

Graduate Student, Stanford University, PhD Cadidate in Economics

ALIREZA FOROUZAN

Graduate Student, Stanford University, Management Science & Engineering

TIM JACONETTE

Senior Researcher, Stanford Economics Department

JORGE GUZMAN

Graduate Student, MIT, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

IRFAN MOHAMMED

Graduate Student, MIT, Sloan School and School of Engineering

ABHISHEK NAGARAJ

Graduate Student, MIT Sloan, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

JOE ORSINI

Graduate Student, Stanford University, PhD in Economics

HATIM RAHMAN

Graduate Student, Stanford University, Mangagement Science & Engineering

MASOUD TAVAZOEI

Graduate Student, Stanford University, Mangagement Science & Engineering

ASIYA WADUD

Graduate Student, Stanford University, African Studies

JUAN RIOS

Graduate Student, Stanford University, PhD in Economics

EMANUELE COLONNELLI

Graduate Student, Stanford University, PhD in Economics

JOON YOON

Graduate Student, Stanford University, PhD in Economics

RACHEL CHUEN

Junior, MIT, Mathematics and Management

KIRILL DEMTCHOUK

Senior, Stanford University, Economics

CARLOS GARAY

Senior, MIT, Mathematics with Computer Science and Economics

NAYANTARA JAIN

Sophomore, Stanford University, Computer Science

JING LI

Senior, MIT, Math and Economics

FRANCIS PLAZA

Sophomore, MIT, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

BASSIL TABIDI

Senior, MIT, Math with Computer Science

SULA YANG

Junior, Wellesley College, Economics and English

JIN PARK

Senior, Stanford University, International Relations and Economics

JARON MOORE

Senior, Stanford University, Product Design and Computer Science

NIKOLAUS FISCHER

Researcher

ROBERT BURNS

Senior, Stanford University, International Relations

OSAMA EL-GABALWY

Junior, Stnaford University, Biology

JULIA KHO

Stanford University, Bachelor's Degree in Economics

ALBERT GIANATAN

Freshman, Stanford University, Economics

STEPHANIE LEE

Graduate student, Stanford University, PhD in economics

RUI HU

Graduate Student, Stanford University, Physical Science

ROHAN DHOOPAR

Research Assistant

CHRISTOPHER YEH

Freshman, Stanford University, Computer Science

ADITYA GUNDA

Research Assistant

STAY UP TO DATE ON OUR LATEST RESEARCH

Join our mailing list and receive update on our latest papers, press, and opportunities to be a part of MIG!

We promise not to spam


Thanks for visiting!