Instead of open source software platforms organized around modular interfaces, complements, ecosystems, and two-sided markets, this study instead suggests a model of open source knowledge platforms which benefits from economies of scale but not indirect network effects. From this, it discusses the generalizability of the ICT-derived models of open source platforms and offers suggestions for future research.
This chapter was made possible through research assistance by Jesse Cuaron, Thuy Truong, and especially Ujval Kondragunta. I gratefully acknowledge valuable feedback from volume co-editor Annabelle Gawer, as well as helpful suggestions during presentations at the 2012 Open and User Innovation Conference, the 2014 Boston University Platform Strategy Research Symposium, and the 2015 World Open Innovation Conference. The usual disclaimers apply.
West, J. (2017), "Open Source Platforms Beyond Software: From ICT to Biotechnology", Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Platforms (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 37), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 337-370. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-332220170000037011Download as .RIS
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