- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (7 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982656506
- ISBN-13: 978-1982656508
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.8 x 14.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
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Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry, as well as automobiles and consumer electronics.
Annabelle Gawer is Chaired Professor in Digital Economy and Director of the Centre of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey. Author of Platform Leadership (with Michael Cusumano), she has published over 20 articles and edited 2 books on platforms. A leading voice in advancing research and managerial practice on platform strategy, she advises the European Commission, the UK Parliament House of Lords, and the OECD on the regulation of digital platforms. She lives in London, UK.
Professors David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano are the authors of the bestselling Competing on Internet Time.
Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School and is the longest-serving member of the Intel board of directors. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of nine books and has written extensively for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT School of Engineering. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of eleven books, including the classic bestseller Microsoft Secrets and Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World.
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The dominant technology companies of our era have one thing in common: They're platform businesses. Understanding the unique dynamics of digital platforms is more important than ever for entrepreneurs, executives, investors and tech employees alike. The book not only delivers deep insights into the mechanics behind digital platforms, it also contains concrete guidelines for practicioners who are building (or competing against) platform businesses.
Needless to say, digital platforms have recently experienced plenty of criticism, and the authors don't shy away from the more controversial aspects of the topic. A whole chapter is devoted to topics like privacy, antitrust concerns and fairness.
This book is about modern digital platforms and gives a good discussion of many of present day businesses involved (Amazon, Apple, Facebook,....etc). It includes some fascinating stories about companies and their platforms. One story is the battle for eCommerce in China between eBay and Alibaba. I never realized how clever Jack Ma is. This story follows Jack Ma verse Meg Whitman through the strategies involved in business. A lot of interesting detail, but they do not cover some of controversial elements involved. They only make a brief reference to a Chinese business in China, and no reference to government interference in the struggle. The book shows a lot of research into the details of business. It is a little dry at times, but mentions many issues I never would have thought of.
The concept of platform is interesting as a modern word for the whole element of life and culture. As human and animal cultures have evolved new powerful entities have evolved with us. The more interaction that occurs on the earth the more platforms follow. In many ways English has become a platform in the modern world. There are too many languages to serve communication between billions of people. And languages and speech were platforms the pushed life forms toward human beings. This helped start the process of human proliferation. As each new construct of nature evolves it explodes into the space available. Life appears to be a construct of chemical interactions. Who knows what new constructs exist in older cultures in the Cosmos. Enough philosophy for now.
Maybe digital platform are more powerful then we think.