On the Evolution of Mobile Platform Ecosystem Structure and Strategy

  title={On the Evolution of Mobile Platform Ecosystem Structure and Strategy},
  author={Rahul C. Basole and J{\"u}rgen Karla},
  journal={Business \& Information Systems Engineering},
Platforms have become a core fundament of many technology industries. Platforms not only enable new products and services but have also been shown to influence strategies, shape business models, and even transform entire industries. Platforms play a particularly important role in the mobile ecosystem. The success of smartphones has led to an intense battle of mobile platforms, each looking for ways to become the system of choice for mobile device manufacturers, mobile network operators, and… 

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