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Volume 64
Issue 4


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Special Issue on Multi-Sided Platforms

Managing Multi-Sided Platforms: Platform Origins and Go-to-Market Strategy
by David J. Teece, Asta Pundziene, Sohvi Heaton, and Maaja Vadi

Multi-sided platforms (MSPs) are becoming increasingly important in contemporary economies. This article analyzes five contributions to this special issue and explores the growth trajectories of MSPs.


How to Build Network Effects on Online Platforms for Mental Health
by Junjie Zhou and Xing Wan

The traditional mental health industry has struggled to match reliable demand with trustworthy supply. Emerging digital platforms can solve this problem to a large extent by building network effects.


Unlocking Innovation in Healthcare: The Case of the Patient Innovation Platform
by Carmelo Cennamo, Pedro Oliveira, and Leid Zejnilovic

The development of innovative medical solutions can often come from patients themselves. Multisided platforms can help facilitate the commercialization of innovations by and for patients.


“Digital Colonization” of Highly Regulated Industries: An Analysis of Big Tech Platforms’ Entry into Health Care and Education
by Hakan Ozalp, Pinar Ozcan, Dize Dinckol, Markos Zachariadis, and Annabelle Gawer

Digital platforms have disrupted many sectors but have not yet visibly transformed highly regulated industries. This study of Big Tech entry in healthcare and education explores how firms have begun to enter systematically and effectively.


Value Impedance and Dynamic Capabilities: The Case of MedTech Incumbent-Born Digital Healthcare Platforms
by Asta Pundziene, Tobias Gutmann, Marc Schlichtner, and David J. Teece

MedTech companies have invested in digital healthcare platforms to maintain their competitiveness in the Digital Economy. But successful implementation is heavily dependent on overcoming the challenge of value impedence through dynamic capabilities.


Electric Vehicles Are a Platform Business: What Firms Need to Know
by Edward G. Anderson, Hemant K. Bhargava, Jonas Boehm, and Geoffrey Parker

Electric vehicles (EVs) are platform goods because value comes from the vehicle plus complementary providers. Because the charging infrastructure is not mature, it crucial for EV firms to incorporate platform strategies.



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