Tuesday, March 30, 2021

g-f(2)186 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (3/30/2021), MIT SMR, Platform Scaling, Fast and Slow.

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Conventional wisdom says digital platform businesses should scale quickly, but that’s a mistake in some markets.
  • Rapid scaling, as exemplified by Uber, is a core element of platform strategy, with speed considered the decisive factor in the race to succeed in winner-takes-all and winner-takes-most markets.
  • But we’ve found that rapid scaling may not be the best strategy for all platforms. In some cases, a more careful, incremental, and thus slower approach to scaling is more beneficial.
  • In studying platform businesses, including Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Facebook (particularly its e-payment project, Libra), Google, Grindr, LinkedIn, Netflix, PayPal, and Uber, we found that regulatory complexity and regulatory risk are two significant but often neglected factors in platform scaling decisions. 
  • Moreover, they are likely to become increasingly important in the years ahead as efforts to regulate tech companies gain momentum and as more companies in a greater variety of sectors and markets seek to capture the benefits of platforms.

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Category 2: The Big Picture of the Digital Age

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Fernando Machuca


Platform Scaling, Fast and Slow, Max Büge and Pinar Ozcan, March 9, 2021, MIT Sloan Management Review, MIT SMR.


Max Büge is a visiting scholar at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Pinar Ozcan (@profpinar) is a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Saïd Business School.

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