Imperial College London

Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Business School

Casual - Visiting lect, guest spkr, ext. examiner



a.gawer Website




277Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Gawer, AR},
doi = {10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.006},
journal = {Research Policy},
pages = {1239--1249},
title = {Bridging Differing Perspectives on Technological Platforms: Toward an Integrative Framework},
url = {},
volume = {43},
year = {2014}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - 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.
AU - Gawer,AR
DO - 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.006
EP - 1249
PY - 2014///
SN - 0048-7333
SP - 1239
TI - Bridging Differing Perspectives on Technological Platforms: Toward an Integrative Framework
T2 - Research Policy
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VL - 43
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