A metaphor for platform development processes

George Papachristos, Geerten Van De Kaa

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There is considerable research on platform market competition. However, there is significantly less research on governance of the preceding stage of platform development prior to market launch. This paper proposes that the avalanche game is an appropriate metaphor for this. A typical platform development process is outlined and the correspondence between it and the game is drawn and elaborated. In order to explore the role of incentives in platform development, the original simulation model of the formal avalanche game is extended using literature on the incentives of platform development processes. The exploration of the extended model behaviour provides insights about how platform governance incentives may influence platform development process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IAMOT 2016 - 25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology - Future Thinking
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)0981581781, 9780981581781
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference - Orlando, United States
Duration: 15 May 201619 May 2016


Conference25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference
Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2016
CountryUnited States


  • Decision making
  • Governance
  • Platforms
  • Simulation


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