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Taxonomy of Digital Platforms: A Business Model Perspective

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Title:Taxonomy of Digital Platforms: A Business Model Perspective
Authors:Staub, Nicola
Haki, Kazem
Aier, Stephan
Winter, Robert
Keywords:Managing the Dynamics of Platforms and Ecosystems
business model
digital platforms
platform ecosystems
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Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:Digital platforms (DPs) – technical core artifacts augmented by peripheral third-party complementary resources – facilitate the interaction and collaboration of different actors through highly-efficient resource matching. As DPs differ significantly in their configurations and applications, it is important from both a descriptive and a design perspective to define classes of DPs. As an intentionally designed artifact, every classification pursues a certain purpose. In this research, the purpose is to classify DPs from a business model perspective, i.e. to identify DP clusters that each share a similar business model type. We follow Nickerson et al.’s (2013) method for taxonomy development. By validating the conceptually derived design dimensions with ten DP cases, we identify platform structure and platform participants as the major clustering constituent characteristics. Building on the proposed taxonomy, we derive four DP archetypes that follow distinct design configurations, namely business innovation platforms, consumer innovation platforms, business exchange platforms and consumer exchange platforms.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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