EF12: Platforms with Marshall Van Alstyne
What is a platform and do platforms represent a new form of industrial organization? Marshall Van Alstyne, professor at Boston University and research associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, joins us for a conversation on these topics. We start by discussing the fundamental economics of platforms. Next, we attempt to tackle the following questions: What generates market power on platforms? Do platforms improve efficiency by internalizing externalities or do they create distortions? What are the sources of demand side network effects? Does Google create a competitive bottleneck? When is regulation of platforms appropriate? When should a firm adopt a platform strategy?
- Two-Sided Network Effects: A Theory of Information Product Design by Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne
- Innovation, Openness, and Platform Control by Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne
- Platform Ecosystems: How Developers Invert the Firm by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Xiaoyue Jiang
- Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--and How to Make Them Work for You by Sangeet Paul Choudary, Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne
- Product / Platform Design Lectures by Glen Weyl