The Platform Economy

How Japan Transformed the Consumer Internet


Author: Marc Steinberg

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452960844

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 8745

Offering a deeper understanding of today’s internet media and the management theory behind it Platforms are everywhere. From social media to chat, streaming, credit cards, and even bookstores, it seems like almost everything can be described as a platform. In The Platform Economy, Marc Steinberg argues that the “platformization” of capitalism has transformed everything, and it is imperative that we have a historically precise, robust understanding of this widespread concept. Taking Japan as the key site for global platformization, Steinberg delves into that nation’s unique technological and managerial trajectory, in the process systematically examining every facet of the elusive word platform. Among the untold stories revealed here is that of the 1999 iPhone precursor, the i-mode: the world’s first widespread mobile internet platform, which became a blueprint for Apple and Google’s later dominance of the mobile market. Steinberg also charts the rise of social gaming giants GREE and Mobage, chat tools KakaoTalk, WeChat, and LINE, and video streaming site Niconico Video, as well as the development of platform theory in Japan, as part of a wider transformation of managerial theory to account for platforms as mediators of cultural life. Analyzing platforms’ immense impact on contemporary media such as video streaming, music, and gaming, The Platform Economy fills in neglected parts of the platform story. In narrating the rise and fall of Japanese platforms, and the enduring legacy of Japanese platform theory, this book sheds light on contemporary tech titans like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Netflix, and their platform-mediated transformation of contemporary life—it is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand what capitalism is today and where it is headed.

Collaborative Value Co-creation in the Platform Economy


Author: Anssi Smedlund,Arto Lindblom,Lasse Mitronen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811089566

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

View: 3037

This book offers a service science perspective on platform orchestration and on collaborative consumption, providing an overview of research topics related to service dominant logic in multi-sided markets. The chapters give an international and multi-disciplinary overview of the current topics of digital service platforms from many angles. This overview helps in filling the gap between service science and recent research of the platform economy and paves the way for future service platform research. Open standards and distributed databases such as blockchain configurations increase the connectivity of business ecosystems as devices and systems exchange data with each other instead of through intermediaries. This exchange opens up opportunities for new value constellations, makes services globally scalable, and connects local service systems as integrated systems of systems. The book brings together established academics from a number of disciplines. This collaboration makes it possible to provide novel constructs and empirical results that help the reader to understand how value is co-created and orchestrated in the era of digital service platforms. In addition to theory building, practical implications for wider managerial and policy use are highlighted. The topics in this book are related to service platform technologies; organizational capabilities; and strategies and management in the contexts of retail, healthcare, and the public sector. A wide selection of case studies is used to demonstrate the implications of platforms for different service and economic contexts. Combining both theory and practice, this book is highly recommended for readers interested in the service and marketing point of view on the platform economy and for practitioners strategizing for scalable service platforms. Chapters 4 and 10 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via

Exam Prep for: Digital Work and the Platform Economy; ...


Author: David Mason

Publisher: Rico Publications


Category: Education

Page: 800

View: 2624

Economics is the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. This book provides over 2,000 Exam Prep questions and answers to accompany the text Digital Work and the Platform Economy; ... Items include highly probable exam items: Inventory turnover, Asset specificity, Property rights, Deadweight loss, Aggregate demand, Discounting, nursing home, Treasury stock, Bank failure, Dividend yield, Stock, Ownership, Dividend discount model, Derived demand, and more.

The Platform Economy

Legal Status of Online Intermediaries


Author: Bram Devolder

Publisher: Intersentia

ISBN: 9781780686349


Page: 396

View: 8930

In this book, a panel of international legal experts unravel the legal status of online intermediaries û a thorny knot that legislators, judges and lawyers across the globe are facing.

Platform Economics

Rhetoric and Reality in the "Sharing Economy"


Author: Cristiano Codagnone,Athina Karatzogianni,Jacob Matthews

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787439852

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 2344

Platform Economics tackles head on the rhetoric surrounding the so-called “sharing economy”, which has muddied public debate and has contributed to a lack of policy and regulatory intervention.

Legacies, Logics, Logistics

Essays in the Anthropology of the Platform Economy


Author: Jane I. Guyer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226326733

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 9945

Legacies, Logics, Logistics brings together a set of essays, written both before and after the financial crisis of 2007–08, by eminent Africanist and economic anthropologist Jane I. Guyer. Each was written initially for a conference on a defined theme. When they are brought together and interpreted as a whole by Guyer, these varied essays show how an anthropological and socio-historical approach to economic practices—both in the West and elsewhere—can illuminate deep facets of economic life that the big theories and models may fail to capture. Focusing on economic actors—whether ordinary consumers or financial experts—Guyer traces how people and institutions hold together past experiences (legacies), imagined scenarios and models (logics), and situational challenges (logistics) in a way that makes the performance of economic life (on platforms made of these legacies, logics, and logistics) work in practice. Individual essays explore a number of topics—including time frames and the future, the use of percentages in observations and judgments, the explanation of prices, the coexistence of different world currencies, the reapplication of longtime economic theories in new settings, and, crucially, how we talk about the economy, how we use stable terms to describe a turbulent system. Valuable as standalone pieces, the essays build into a cogent method of economic anthropology.

Platform Capitalism


Author: Nick Srnicek

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509504885

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

View: 6709

What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of platform capitalism. This book critically examines these new business forms, tracing their genesis from the long downturn of the 1970s to the boom and bust of the 1990s and the aftershocks of the 2008 crisis. It shows how the fundamental foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future. This book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the most powerful tech companies of our time are transforming the global economy."