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Industry Architecture as a Determinant of Successful Platform Strategies: A Case Study of the I-Mode Mobile Internet Service

Tee, R and Gawer, A (2009) Industry Architecture as a Determinant of Successful Platform Strategies: A Case Study of the I-Mode Mobile Internet Service European Management Review, 6 (4). pp. 217-232.

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Abstract

What factors and processes drive value appropriation and value creation in interdependent industry ecosystems? This paper explores this issue through a case study comparing the deployment of the i-mode mobile Internet service in two countries, seeking the reasons behind its contrasting fortunes: spectacular success in Japan vs failure in Europe. The comparison between network operators NTT Docomo in Japan and KPN in the Netherlands suggests that differences in the underlying industry architectures explain why similar platform strategies led to such different outcomes. The paper contributes to the literature on industry architecture by unpacking the interaction between evolutionary processes, industry architecture, and business strategies. It also contributes to the platforms literature, by positing that firms' ability to successfully pursue platform strategies depends on industry architecture.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Tee, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gawer, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2009
Identification Number : 10.1057/emr.2009.22
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Jun 2016 14:44
Last Modified : 14 Jul 2016 11:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810909

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