Metaphors to describe and explore platform company strategies

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Abstract

Platform companies are challenging the current operational environment of industries with new value-creation logics and business models, which may ultimately lead to a shift from the industrial service economy to a networked platform economy. Since organised discussion and analysis of platforms is recent and the impacts of the platform economy are uncertain, there are only rather scattered views of what platforms are and what kinds of business opportunities and challenges the platform economy will bring about.

In this report we use nine metaphors to explore different perceptions of platform companies as organisations. Each metaphor captures a unique viewpoint, helping to make sense of the characteristics of the platform and its strategies to grasp the opportunities and avoid the threats of the platform economy. Our subject matter knowledge base and understanding of platforms and the platform economy is based on continuous horizon scanning over the past three years.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

NameResearch Report
No.VTT-R-00113-18

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Value creation
Industry
Knowledge base
Service economy
Business model
Threat
Logic model
Industrial services

Keywords

  • platform economy
  • metaphors
  • strategy
  • horizon scanning

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Auvinen, H., Dufva, M., & Koivisto, R. (2018). Metaphors to describe and explore platform company strategies. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Lappeenranta University of Technology: Department of Information Technology. Research report, No. VTT-R-00113-18
Auvinen, Heidi ; Dufva, Mikko ; Koivisto, Raija. / Metaphors to describe and explore platform company strategies. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2018. 18 p. (Lappeenranta University of Technology: Department of Information Technology. Research report; No. VTT-R-00113-18).
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Auvinen, H, Dufva, M & Koivisto, R 2018, Metaphors to describe and explore platform company strategies. Lappeenranta University of Technology: Department of Information Technology. Research report, no. VTT-R-00113-18, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2018. 18 p. (Lappeenranta University of Technology: Department of Information Technology. Research report; No. VTT-R-00113-18).

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