Open Platform Strategies and Innovation: Granting Access vs. Devolving Control

  title={Open Platform Strategies and Innovation: Granting Access vs. Devolving Control},
  author={Kevin J. Boudreau},
  journal={Management Science},
This paper distinguishes two fundamentally distinct approaches to opening a technology platform, and their different impacts on innovation. One approach is to grant access to a platform and thereby open-up markets for complementary components around the platform. Another approach is to go further and give up control over the platform itself. Using data on 21 systems from handheld computing systems (1990-2004), I find that granting greater levels of access to independent hardware developer firms… CONTINUE READING
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