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Definition of a platform

Excerpts from: T. Doligalski, Platform Canvas. Does the platform business model imply disruption and monopolisation?, In T. Doligalski, M. Goliński, & K. Kozłowski (Eds.) Disruptive platforms: markets, ecosystems, monopolists, forthcoming.


A platform is a business model that matches independent agents and facilitates their interactions. In this light, the customer is somehow obliged to interact with other subjects to use the platform’s potential. This definition differs from an IT approach, where a product platform is a set of parts, subsystems, interfaces, and manufacturing processes that are shared among a set of products (Meyer and Lehnerd 1997). Here, the customer can use the existing technology to create a product for themselves, without interacting with others. Czytaj dalej