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Dr. H. (Hakan) Özalp

Faculty of Economics and Business
Section Strategy & International Business
Photographer: Sander Nieuwenhuys

Visiting address
  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
Postal address
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
Contact details
  • CV and Profile

    I joined as an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam in September 2021. I hold my PhD in Business Administration and Management and MSc in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University, and my BSc in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Previously I worked at VU Amsterdam, LMU Munich and Leeds University Business School.

    My research explores the antecedents and the impact of industrial and technological change on platform ecosystems, firms, and innovation-based competition taking place within these ecosystems and across firms. I taught and coordinated various courses on innovation, strategy, and research methods.

  • Research

    Research Interests: Platform Ecosystems, Innovation, Industry Evolution, Organizational Learning, Video Game Industry

    My research interests lie at the intersections of the literatures on platform-based ecosystems, technological change, and innovation strategy. I explore the impact of technological change (a) on the platform ecosystem, (b) on the firms, and (c) on the direction of innovation by firms. I adopt a strategic and evolutionary view of these relationships as I draw from capability, learning, and modularity perspectives. I studied the US Video Game Industry extensively for my research and hold an in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem, which includes developers, publishers, toolkit/API developers, and last, but not least, gaming platforms. My studies offer clear implications for platform and firm strategy and contribute to our knowledge of strategy, innovation management, and information systems.

    My studies contribute to two different streams of research. First, they contribute to the platform-based ecosystem literature by providing insights on the impact of platform technology design on complementary product developers’ incentives to innovate. Second, they contribute on how changes in the broader technological environment impacts the links between firm experience, new product development success, industry dynamics and the direction of innovation.

    In addition to these two streams of research, I also study the societal impacts of big tech platform companies, in-line with the recent efforts to regulate these giant platforms. Our work at the California Management Review (with Pinar Ozcan, Dize Dinckol, Markos Zachariadis, and Annabelle Gawer), looks at the modalities and patterns of entry by big tech into regulated industries of healthcare and education, and has been one of the top read articles on the journal in 2022. In line with this, I also study the impact of regulation (such as GDPR and the upcoming DMA) on the innovation in platform ecosystems.

    I hold awards from Academy of Management, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division and from EURAM Strategic Management SIG.

  • Publications




    • Ozalp, H., & Kretschmer, T. (2019). Follow the Crowd or Follow the Trailblazer? The Differential Role of Firm Experience in Product Entry Decisions in the US Video Game Industry. Journal of Management Studies, 56(7), 1452-1481.
    • Pereira, J., Tavalaei, M. M., & Ozalp, H. (2019). Blockchain-based platforms: Decentralized infrastructures and its boundary conditions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 146, 94-102.


    • Cennamo, C., Ozalp, H., & Kretschmer, T. (2018). Platform architecture and quality trade-offs of multihoming complements. Information Systems Research, 29(2), 461-478.
    • Ozalp, H., Cennamo, C., & Gawer, A. (2018). Disruption in Platform-Based Ecosystems. Journal of Management Studies, 55(7), 1203-1241.


    • Ozalp, H., & Cennamo, C. (2017). Platform architecture, multihoming and complement quality: Evidence from the U.S. video game industry. Academy of Management proceedings, 2017, Article 228.


    Prize / grant

    • Özalp, H. (2022). Best Reviewer Award.
    • Fa, C., Ramezan Zadeh, T., Özalp, H. & Volberda, H. (2022). Best Paper Award.
    • Özalp, H. (2017). TIM Best Paper Award Finalist.


    • Fa, C. (participant), R. Zadeh, M. T. (participant), Özalp, H. (participant) & Volberda, H. (participant) (30-9-2023). Strategic Management Society Annual Conference (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fa, C. (participant), R. Zadeh, M. T. (participant), Özalp, H. (participant) & Volberda, H. (participant) (14-6-2023 - 16-6-2023). EURAM 2023, Dublin. Platform integration as a double-edged sword in the complementary market: How platform integration affects knowledge sharing among incumbent (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
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