A Model of the Platform-Ecosystem Organizational Form

  • Moshe Yonatany Ruppin Academic Center
Keywords: platform, ecosystem, ICT, model


Technological advancements are driving the evolution of a form of organizing economic activity – the platform-ecosystem – particularly in a variety of ICT-enabled industries. This article builds on calls to more adequately describe and explain this form of organizing (Alberts, 2012; Baldwin, 2012; Tushman, Lakhani, & Lifshitz-Assaf, 2012). I propose a preliminary model that highlights the fundamental economic variables in the platform-ecosystem organizational form: knowledge substitution and powerful incentives. The model emphasizes knowledge-based considerations, suggesting the view that the main purpose of ICT-enabled platforms, such as smartphones, game consoles, and Internet services, is the development of complementary products, services, and technologies.

Author Biography

Moshe Yonatany, Ruppin Academic Center

Dr. Moshe Yonatany


The School of Economics and Business Administration


How to Cite
Yonatany, M. (2013). A Model of the Platform-Ecosystem Organizational Form. Journal of Organization Design, 2(2), 54-58. https://doi.org/10.7146/jod.7267
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