Session 264

Emerging Technologies and Industries

Track E

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Time: 11:00 – 12:15


Room: Governor's Square 12

Session Chair:

  • Christina Carnes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Title: Complementarity between Access Restrictions in Platform Markets


  • M.Mahdi Tavalaei, IE Business School

Abstract: Majority of studies in multisided platforms have focused on pricing strategies. We know little about other strategies that differentiate platform markets from other conventional industries. I attempt to fill this gap by studying how platform access restriction, as a regulation mechanism, can affect the platform’s performance. In particular, I argue that as for the crucial role of orchestration among interlinked sides of the market, pursuing restrictive policies for agent´s access leads to an underperforming platform if those policies are not balanced properly on the different sides. Moreover, I assert that if the agents are not price sensitive, the loss of imbalanced restrictive strategies can be mitigated to some extent. I examined my hypotheses in the airport industry and found supportive results for them.

Title: Open Platform Boundary Resources as Arenas for Strategic Exploitation


  • Kimmo Karhu, Aalto University
  • Robin Gustafsson, Aalto University

Abstract: Open platform boundary resources, those elements that enable contributions and participation, are strategically critical for platform ecosystem prosperity. However, at the same time, boundary resources make the platform vulnerable to exploitation. Our study of Google Android and five platform forks, expose the strategic design of boundary resources, how the platform forks exploit boundary resources using several micro-strategies – those of forking, hacking, cloning, and substituting – in bundling their platform stack, and how Google has strategically responded to such exploitation. We contribute by developing a theoretical lens on open platform stack and its boundary resources, providing important directions for a resource-based view of open platform ecosystems. Finally, we contribute by providing a holistic theoretical framework to characterize the nature of symbiosis between platform firms.

Title: The Effect of Competition on Product Pioneering and Following Entry in the Emerging Technology Context


  • Olga Bruyaka, West Virginia University
  • Linda Tegarden, Virginia Tech
  • Tabitha James, Virginia Tech
  • Donald Hatfield, Virginia Tech
  • William Lamb, Babson College

Abstract: We examine the influence of competition on emerging technology pioneering and following entry. Controlling for firms’ resources and capabilities relevant to the emerging technology (e.g., patents, scientific publications, prior pioneering and following entry experience), we explore the effects of competitors’ comparable resources and capabilities on focal firms’ pioneering and following entry. Drawing on the entry timing and competitive dynamics literatures, we formulate our predictions considering the specific conditions of the emerging technology context – high technological and market uncertainty, legitimacy challenges, etc. Our findings from a study of the U.S. fiber optics industry (1976-1994) illustrate the differential effect of competitors’ technological resources and entry experience on pioneering versus following entry. The findings also show varying strength and directionality of effects of different competitors’ resources.

All Sessions in Track E...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 28: The Latest and Greatest in Empirical Methods for Strategy Scholars
Sun: 09:45 – 11:00
Session 29: The Elephant in the Room: How public policy and institutions help drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and firm performance
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 30: Heterogeneity in Firms and Their Pre-entry Capabilities: Implications for Firm and Industry Evolution
Sun: 16:15 – 17:30
Session 229: How Resources Change in Dynamic Situations
Sun: 17:45 – 00:00
Session 313: Competitive Strategy Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 273: Complexity in Competition
Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 244: Legitimacy, Stakeholders, and Competition
Mon: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 242: Value Creation in Buyers-Supplier Relationships and Ecosystems
Mon: 16:45 – 18:00
Session 238: Temporary and Long Term Competitive Advantage
Session 243: Competitive Dynamics and Market Positioning
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 272: Competitive Dimensions of Firm Boundary and Location Decisions
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 230: Multi-Market Competition and Mutual Forbearance
Session 264: Emerging Technologies and Industries
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 267: Healthcare Industry Dynamics, Relationships, and Activities
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 269: Exploration, Exploitation, and Competition
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 263: Developing a Value Creation Theory

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