Economics at your fingertips  

Digital platform ecosystems

Andreas Hein (), Maximilian Schreieck (), Tobias Riasanow (), David Soto Setzke (), Manuel Wiesche (), Markus Böhm () and Helmut Krcmar ()
Additional contact information
Andreas Hein: Technical University of Munich
Maximilian Schreieck: Technical University of Munich
Tobias Riasanow: Technical University of Munich
David Soto Setzke: Technical University of Munich
Manuel Wiesche: Technische Universität Dortmund
Markus Böhm: Technical University of Munich

Electronic Markets, 2020, vol. 30, issue 1, No 13, 87-98

Abstract: Abstract Digital platforms are an omnipresent phenomenon that challenges incumbents by changing how we consume and provide digital products and services. Whereas traditional firms create value within the boundaries of a company or a supply chain, digital platforms utilize an ecosystem of autonomous agents to co-create value. Scholars from various disciplines, such as economics, technology management, and information systems have taken different perspectives on digital platform ecosystems. In this Fundamentals article, we first synthesize research on digital platforms and digital platform ecosystems to provide a definition that integrates both concepts. Second, we use this definition to explain how different digital platform ecosystems vary according to three core building blocks: (1) platform ownership, (2) value-creating mechanisms, and (3) complementor autonomy. We conclude by giving an outlook on four overarching research areas that connect the building blocks: (1) technical properties and value creation; (2) complementor interaction with the ecosystem; (3) value capture; and (4) the make-or-join decision in digital platform ecosystems.

Keywords: Digital platform; Platform ecosystems; Governance; Openness; Ownership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D15 D4 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... ystems/journal/12525

DOI: 10.1007/s12525-019-00377-4

Access Statistics for this article

Electronic Markets is currently edited by Rainer Alt and Hans-Dieter Zimmermann

More articles in Electronic Markets from Springer, IIM University of St. Gallen
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

Page updated 2021-09-27
Handle: RePEc:spr:elmark:v:30:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1007_s12525-019-00377-4