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Title: The platform business model and strategy : a dynamic analysis of the value chain and platform business
Author: Kim, Junic
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2016
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These days, it is hard to discuss innovation and the creative economy without mentioning platforms, which have become core strategy for dominating the market. An accurate understanding of platform business is a key factor in being a successful platform provider, so discussions of platform strategies need to be invigorated, value chains need to be analysed, and theoretical factors need to be seriously considered. Corporations are yearning for new innovations and worry about the absence of an efficient and sustainable growth model. First, this thesis analyses how the value chain and value stream are changed in the platform business model in order to explore value chains and value streams in the two-sided market, which has a distinct group of users on both sides. It proposes three types of platform business strategy which will serve as a frame of reference for analysing the impact of the different value chains on platform businesses. Second, this thesis indicates how a step-by-step business strategy based on the perspective of dynamic approach could be constructed. This research identifies four major stages of platform business (entry stage, growth stage, expansion stage, and maturity stage), and different core elements and strategies exist for each stage. These serve as the conceptual frameworks with which to build a platform business model. The key contributions of this research are as follows. Firstly, the main differences and features of the literature reviewed were suggested with collective action and strategic choice perspectives from different academic approaches. Secondly, this study extends the understanding of the value chain that was the critical strategic element of a corporation in the platform business. Thirdly, this research presents the core elements and strategies for each of the four major growth stages of platform business with the dynamic approach, depending on the distinctive features of the contents and platforms.
Supervisor: Miles, Ian ; Flanagan, Kieron Sponsor: RADMA (R&D Management Association)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: platform ; two-sided market ; business ecosystem ; business model ; strategy