MIS 2101.001 – Adam Alalouf – Fall 2017

Quiz 11/30

A platform is a business model, and platform-mediated networks is a framework. Using these concepts, identify a platform associated with a given company and discuss how network effects facilitate exchange and create distribution value among players.

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  • Platforms create large networks of users and resources that can be accessed whenever. This allows entrepreneurs or even just everyday people to interact and contact with each other in a professional online environment. Network effects facilitate exchange and create distribution value among players because it allows people to interact online. “Platforms don’t own the means of production, instead, they create the means of connection”.

  • A platform associated with a given company is Alibaba. Network effects facilitate exchange and create distribution value among players through the interaction and transaction between consumers and producers. Consumers and producers are more easily to connect to each other with the network effects. Platform can be mobile app, website, content platform, payments platform and communication platform. Network effects increases in usage by one set of users increases the value of a product for other users.

  • A company with a platform business model is Airbnb. The more users this platform has, the more valuable and useful it is. This also increases other users’ willingness to pay. In one of our articles, it says that “what a company owns matters less than what it can connect”. This is why network effects play an important role in connecting consumers and producers to each other as well as connecting users to other users.

  • One of the companies that has a platform business model is Uber which relies on networks, network effects facilitate exchange and create distribution value among players because it allows people to interact online. People can do business or get service through an app and the whole system is running based on credits. Uber is an successful example of sharing economy and its value is still potential with the popularity of itself.

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