Concerns in the larger research body of research on platforms often leads to a subset looking into the impacts of the platform economy. Let’s try some more digests responding to questions.
The rise of the platform economy may be described either by the metaphor of “We Don’t Know Who Discovered Water, But We Know It Wasn’t a Fish” or the fable of the “Boiling Frog“.
daviding November 12th, 2018
The term “platform” is now popular in a variety of contexts. What do “platforms” mean, and what research might guide our appreciation?
Let’s outline some questions:
The articles cited below are not exhaustive, but they may give a sense of the ballpark.
The industrial age was typified by descriptions of “supply chains” and “value chains”, which otherwise may be called “pipelines”. Marshall Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary write:
… platforms differ from the conventional “pipeline” businesses that have dominated industry for decades. Pipeline businesses create value by controlling a linear series of activities — the classic value-chain model. Inputs at one end of the chain (say, materials from suppliers) undergo a series of steps that transform them into an output that’s worth more: the finished product. [….]
daviding November 7th, 2018
The October 2018 acquisition of Red Hat by IBM gives me hope. Both IBM and Red Hat have been champions in promoting open sourcing behaviours.
Open sourcing is an open innovation behaviour related to, but distinct from, open source as licensing. [Ing (2017) chap. 1, p. 1].
The label of open sourcing frames ongoing ways that organizations and individuals conduct themselves with others through continually sharing artifacts and practices of mutual benefit. The label of private sourcing frames the contrasting and more traditional ways that business organizations and allied partners develop and keep artifacts and practices to themselves. [Ing (2017) sec. 1.2, p. 5].
The label of open source is most readily recognized from software development. An open source license allows free use, modification and sharing. Open sourcing is a norm where the resources of system internals, e.g. artifacts and practices, are shared in a community beyond the originators. Private sourcing is coined as a norm where the resources of system internals are reserved within a privileged group. [Ing (2017) sec. 1.3, p.6]
This deal continues a socio-economic trajectory by IBM …
daviding November 2nd, 2018
Peter Harding, in the Globe and Mail1, is cited as a high-level bureaucrat — he managed six departments under five different prime ministers — who is respected by both Canadian political parties. In 2000, he received the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award for leadership in the public service. He has now left the public service, and is free to express his opinion on globalization. He proposes three laws:
These are interesting ideas. I’m not sure that I’m in 100% agreement with the interpretations of these laws in the newspaper column, but they do represent a departure from the preconceptions of the 20th century. Let’s think about these a little deeper.
daviding October 22nd, 2007
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