Platform Strategies

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
LEVEL
Master
TYPE
Course
MODES
-
LANGUAGE
-
ECTS
50
PERIOD
18/10/2021 to 11/02/2021

Course Description

How and why does a platform like Google function so well? On the one side, you have users who search and access information for free, and on the other, you have companies who pay for ads. But how does such a complex system maintain itself and remain successful over the years? This is the kind of questions that this course aims to answer. In academic terms, the course builds on the platform and network aspects in core strategy and aims to highlight the specific strategies for firms operating in platform-mediated-networks (PMN). Firms in platform-mediated-networks face certain challenges atypical of usual product or service firms: they operate in multi-sided markets, face network effects that allow only a few firms to exist as platform intermediaries, and traditional rules for pricing fail in such markets. The course will be taught through a set of cases that ensures that participants appreciate the multi-dimensional nature of managing in network businesses. The seminar is delivered by Prof. R Srinivasan who is a guest lecturer coming from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and who specialises in multi-sided platform organizations, strategy processes in rapid growth organizations, and competitive, corporate and international strategies. Through the years Prof. Srinivasan has accumulated not only knowledge but also experience with helping platform firms set up the right business models and successful strategies. You can visit his blog about his research, consulting and teaching interests. It provides insights about strategy in general, digital strategy, and what it means for firms, especially start-ups, and platform business models, with a focus on Indian firms.

Subject area

Digital communications IA electronics

Field area

Digital
Industry and Space

Educational-info

ECTS

50

Organizer

Partner

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Faculty

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

Department

Information systems

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