Robert Seamans

Robert Seamans

Joined Stern 2009

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-58
New York, NY 10012

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Robert Seamans (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in game theory and strategy. Professor Seamans’ research focuses on how firms use technology in their strategic interactions with each other, and also focuses on the economic consequences of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies. His research has been published in leading academic journals and been cited in numerous outlets including The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others. Professor Seamans is also Director of the Center for the Future of Management. In 2015, Professor Seamans was appointed as the Senior Economist for technology and innovation on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

Research Interests

  • Business strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Public Policy

Courses Taught

  • AI and Risk Management
  • Applied Regression and Econometrics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Game Theory
  • Strategic Management of AI
  • Strategy

Academic Background

B.A., English
Reed College

Yale School of Management

M.A., Economics
Boston University

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Appointments

Best Paper Academy of Management 2018
Best Paper, Runner-Up Management Science 2015
Best Paper Academy of Management 2015
BPS Distinguished Paper Award Academy of Management 2013
Best Paper for Practice Implications Strategic Management Society 2013
Best Paper Academy of Management 2013
Kauffman Firm Survey Best Paper Award Academy of Management 2011
Kauffman Foundation Promising Paper Award 2011
est Dissertation in Competition Policy UC Berkeley 2010
Hayase Award for Service to PhD Students 2007

Selected Publications

Joost Rietveld, Robert Seamans and Katia Meggiorin (2021)
Market Orchestrators: The Effects of Certification on Platforms and Their Complementors
Strategy Science, 6(3):244-264

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

Aaron Chatterji, Jiao Luo and Robert Seamans (2021)
Competition between Organizational Forms: Banks vs. Credit Unions after the Financial Crisis
Organization Science, 32(3):568-586.

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

Yongwook Paik, Sukhun Kang and Robert Seamans (2019)
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Political Competition: How the Public Sector Helps the Sharing Economy Create Value
Strategic Management Journal, 40(4): 503-532

Geraldo Cerqueiro, M. Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans (2019)
Debtor Protection and Business Dynamism
Journal of Law and Economics, 62 (3): 521-549

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

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

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

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.

Related News & Research

Professor Robert Seamans interview: "3 MBA Programs Equipping Students for the AI-Driven Future."

Professor Robert Seamans interview: “For AI to Deliver on Its Promises, People Need to Trust It.”

Professor Robert Seamans interview: “Students Pitted Against ChatGPT to Improve Writing.”

Professor Robert Seamans interview: "Academics Express Confidence That They and AI Can Work Together."

Professor Robert Seamans podcast interview: “AI Is Disrupting Professions That Require College Degrees. How Should Higher Ed Respond?”

Joint research from Professor Robert Seamans is referenced: “Generative A.I.’s Biggest Impact Will Be in Banking and Tech, Report Says.”

Professor Robert Seamans interview: “AI and You: The Job Debate Continues, Social Media Isn't So Swift Handling Porn Deepfakes.”

Commentary from Professor Robert Seamans is included: “Are Robots Taking Wisconsin Jobs? Not Quite, New Research Shows.”

Professor Robert Seamans video interview: “Expert Says These Jobs Are Most Exposed to AI. Where Are You on the List?”

Professor Robert Seamans interview: “AI Could Spur an Economic Boom. Humans Are in the Way.”

Professor Robert Seamans podcast interview: “AI and Leadership.”

Professor Robert Seamans interview: “Experts Say Robots Might Take Your Restaurant Job — And Sooner Than You Think.”

Professor Robert Seamans video interview: “Jobs Will Be Augmented, Not Replaced by AI: NYU Professor.”

Recent commentary from Professor Robert Seamans is highlighted: “Should the U.S. Implement a ‘Robot Tax?.’”

Professor Robert Seamans radio interview: “In Reversal Because of A.I., Office Jobs Are Now More at Risk.”

Making Sense of Tech Companies’ AI Commitments to the White House.

AI Regulation Is Coming To The U.S., Albeit Slowly.

To Safeguard Democracy, Political Ads Should Disclose Use Of AI.

Data Portability and Interoperability: A Primer on Two Policy Tools for Regulation of Digitized Industries.

How Will Language Modelers like ChatGPT Affect Occupations and Industries?

Areas of Expertise


  • Entrepreneurship


  • Telecommunications


  • Corporate Strategy