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Tight and Loose Coupling in Evolving Platform Ecosystems: The Cases of Airbnb and Uber

  • Andreas HeinEmail author
  • Markus Böhm
  • Helmut Krcmar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 320)

Abstract

The emergence of digital platforms changes the way how companies interact with their ecosystem. Successful platforms like Apple’s App Store utilize an ecosystem of third-party developers to drive innovation. Those platforms are expanding the sphere of influence beyond internal resources and capabilities by taking advantage of a scalable ecosystem of external developers. However, until now it is unclear on how those companies establish a platform ecosystem. This article draws on two case studies in the form of ridesharing and accommodation platforms to illustrate how they transitioned through four evolutionary phases with the help of tight and loose coupling partnerships.

Keywords

Digital platform Platform ecosystem Ecosystem evolution 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work is part of the TUM Living Lab Connected Mobility (TUM LLCM) project and has been funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology (StMWi) through the Center Digitisation. Bavaria (ZD.B), an initiative of the Bavarian State Government.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany

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