Platform Leadership

Platform Leadership

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Platform Leadership by Annabelle Gawer

It is the fundamental challenge of the high-tech sector: A firm must innovate internally to succeed-yet its success may equally depend on corresponding innovations by external firms. Whether a company develops a ubiquitous operating system or the software that runs on it, a VCR or the movies we play on it, every participant in a high-tech network is vulnerable to the innovative moves of its partners and competitors.

Yet, in spite of this perilous situation, some firms have developed strategies that have made them industry powerhouses and world-class innovators. How? By becoming platform leaders-companies that provide the technological foundation on which other products, services, and systems are built. Platform leadership is the Holy Grail of high-tech industries, but it is difficult to achieve.

In Platform Leadership, high-tech strategy experts Annabelle Gawer and Michael A. Cusumano reveal how Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco, as well as companies including Palm and NTT DoCoMo, have orchestrated industry innovations to support their products-and, in the process, established dominant market positions. Based on these in-depth case studies and on incisive analysis, the authors present their Four Levers Framework for designing and implementing a successful platform strategy-or for improving an existing strategy:
1. Determine the scope of the firm: Is it preferable to create product complements internally or let the "market" produce them?

2. Design product technology strategically: What degree of modularity is appropriate? Should product interfaces be open or closed? What information should leaders disclose to outside firms?

3. Shape relationships with external complementors: How can the company balance competition and collaboration with outside players?

4. Optimize internal organizational structures: What processes and systems will allow the company to manage internal and external conflicts of interest most effectively?

For executives, strategists, and entrepreneurs in many high-tech arenas, this book shows how firms can orchestrate innovation to ensure their own competitive futures-and drive the evolution of their industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578515141
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 05/29/2002
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.74(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1Introduction: Platform Leadership and Complementary Innovation1
Chapter 2Intel's Rise to Platform Leadership: The Story15
Chapter 3Intel's Strategic Principles for Platform Leadership: The Four Levers39
Chapter 4Platform Leaders and Complementors: How Intel Manages Conflicts of Interest77
Chapter 5Alternative Strategies for Platform Leadership: Microsoft and Cisco131
Chapter 6Platform-Leader Wannabes: Palm, NTT DoCoMo, and Linux189
Chapter 7Conclusion: The Essence of Platform Leadership245
Notes271
Index295
About the Authors305

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The authors have done a lot of data research and a lot of actual facts have been given. However it would have been better if they had talked more on what they felt about the strategies and critiqued them rather than having so many facts,