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Bridging Differing Perspectives on Technological Platforms: Toward an Integrative Framework

Gawer, A (2014) Bridging Differing Perspectives on Technological Platforms: Toward an Integrative Framework Research Policy, 43 (7). pp. 1239-1249.

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Abstract

An integrative framework is proposed to advance management research on technological platforms, bridging two theoretical perspectives: economics, which sees platforms as double-sided markets, and engineering design, which sees platforms as technological architectures. While the economic perspective informs our understanding of platform competition, the engineering design perspective informs our view of platform innovation. The article argues that platforms can be usefully conceptualized as evolving organizations or meta-organizations that: (1) federate and coordinate constitutive agents who can innovate and compete; (2) create value by generating and harnessing economies of scope in supply or/and in demand; and (3) entail a modular technological architecture composed of a core and a periphery. In support of this conceptualization, a classification system is presented, indicating that technological platforms appear in a variety of organizational forms: within firms, across supply chains, and across industry innovation ecosystems. As an illustration, the framework is then applied to derive a simple model highlighting patterns of interaction between platform innovation and competition, yielding hypotheses that could be tested empirically by future scholars.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Management
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
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Gawer, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 September 2014
Funders : Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, UK)
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.006
Grant Title : EPSRC NEMODE Network+ Grant on Platforms as New Economic Models in the Digital Economy
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2014 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Jul 2016 11:15
Last Modified : 15 Jul 2016 11:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810141

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