Research Interests

My research studies how technology, governance, and market structure affect strategic interactions between firms, affect incentives to innovate, and shape market outcomes. Most of my research settings are industries characterized by two-sided markets, including cable TV, credit cards, Internet, newspapers, telecommunications, and other technology-focused industries. My current research focuses on the effect of AI, robots, and other types of automation on firm strategy, productivity, and labor market outcomes.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Robert Seamans. 2012. Fighting City Hall: Entry Deterrence and Technology Deployment in the Cable TV Industry. Management Science. 58(3): 461-475. [Lead Article]

Aaron Chatterji and Robert Seamans. 2012. Entrepreneurship, Credit Cards and Race. Journal of Financial Economics. 106(1): 182-195.

Robert Seamans. 2013. Threat of Entry, Asymmetric Information and Pricing. Strategic Management Journal. 34(4): 426-444.

Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2014. Responses to Entry in Multi-Sided Markets: The Impact of Craigslist on Local Newspapers. Management Science. 60(2): 476-493.

Alicia Robb and Robert Seamans. 2014. The Role of R&D in Entrepreneurial Finance. Advances in Strategic Management (Special Issue on Finance and Strategy). 31: 341-373.

Victor Bennett, Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2015. Cannibalization and Option Value Effects of Secondary Markets: Evidence from the US Concert Industry. Strategic Management Journal. 36(11): 1599-1614. [Lead Article].

Jason Chan, Anindya Ghose and Robert Seamans. 2016. Internet and Hate Crime: Offline Spillovers from Online Access. MIS Quarterly. 4(2): 381-403.

Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2017.  Repositioning and Cost Cutting: The Impact of Competition on Platform Strategies. Strategy Science. 2(2): 83-99. [Lead Article].

Geraldo Cerqueiro, Deepak Hegde, María Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans. 2017. Debtor Rights, Credit Supply, and Innovation. Management Science. 63(10): 3311–3327

Timothy Bates, William Bradford and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Minority Entrepreneurship in Twenty-First Century America. Small Business Economics. (Accepted May 2017)

Yongwook Paik, Sukhun and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Political Competition: How the Public Sector Helps the Sharing Economy Create Value. Strategic Management Journal. (Accepted January 2018)

Geraldo Cerqueiro, M. Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Debtor Protection and Business Dynamism. Journal of Law and Economics. (Accepted April 2019)

Aaron Chatterji, Jiao Luo and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Competition between Organizational Forms: Banks vs. Credit Unions after the Financial Crisis. Organization Science. (Accepted June 18, 2020) 

Evan Rawley and Robert Seamans. 2020. Co-location and Productivity: Evidence from Census Microdata. Strategic Management Journal, 41 (10), 1770-1798.

K. Francis Park, Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2021. Multi-homing and Platform Strategies: Historical Evidence from the U.S. Newspaper Industry. Strategic Management Journal, 42 (4), 684- 709.

Ed Felten, Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Occupational, Industry, and Geographic Exposure to Artificial Intelligence: A Novel Dataset and Its Potential Uses. Strategic Management Journal.

Joost Rietveld, Robert Seamans and Katia Meggiorin. Forthcoming. Market Orchestrators: The Effect of Platform Certification on Complementor Performance and Behavior in the Context of Kiva. Strategy Science.

Selected press for published papers:
ABC, Ars Technica, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, CBS, Daily Beast, Economic Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MSN, The Nation, The New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, others.


Non Peer Reviewed Publications

James E. Bessen , Stephen Impink, Lydia Reichensperger, and Robert Seamans. 2019. The Business of AI Startups. Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper.