Platform economics is a relatively young field of academic work, beside the fact that multisided markets exists for thousands of years. In a recent talk with Peter Evans from the Center of Global Enterprise, he showed me his recent study on platform literature. He build a database using a fetch tool based on Google scholar to capture a total of 946 authors. These authors have produced 635 titles in the last 16 years (see chart with the database contents).
In the database you can find beside the 317 journal articles and 286 working papers also 10 books on platform economics. Some of them you can find on my chart of recommended literature.
- High “productivity” – means we are observing a run rate of over 40 publications per year
- Collaboration – most of the publications are co-authored
- High costs – in total a spending of >25 Million USD (excluding the books)
- Geographic gap: most of the publications are focussing on US companies, less international
- Multi-platform strategy gap: we see a rise of multi-platform companies and this is not covered in any publication so far
In my own “library” you will see some abstracts of recommended literature. I’m continuously updating the library to make it easier for you to find the best ressources.
Do you have a recommendation? Please leave a comment and let us exchange thoughts on the content.