The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) was organized in the context of the 2020 Academy of Management Virtual meeting, and held as part of the STRongertogether initiative of the Strategy Division of the AoM. Here’s the focus of our PDW, as noted in our submission: “We are witnessing a profound and global transformation of sectors, fueled by advanced in AI and digital technologies, as new platform-based firms use their ecosystems to provide a new way to get organized. These transformations often lead to a set of new asymmetries of power. From telco to retail, industry transformation has both challenged existing players and created concerns for dominance, made worse by the scale economies in data capture in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The more data a company has access to, the easier it is for it to improve and outcompete its rivals. As a result, size begets intelligence and efficiency, making an uneven firm even worse. This PDW assembles well-known expert academics and practitioners to propose directions to address this shift toward an increasingly uneven world. It aims to make sense of the amassing set of evidence to help inform the debate and improve the state of understanding so that we better integrate these dynamics. It aims to help inform the current regulatory angst around the rise of these new digital structures, where inequality and uneven playing fields emerge in new and potent ways. “
For the fuller description of the PDW, please go to the file we submitted to the AoM: (attach the PDW submission description, re-attached here).
For a somewhat more recent take on the same topic by one of the organizers, posted on Forbes two days after our PDW, please look here.
The PDW took place on July 23rd, with a record number 290 registered participants, and last for over 3 hours. One of the advantages of doing this PDW is that we have both the recording of the session – which you should feel free to watch and share at will, and also a place to put all the material shared from the presenters.
Video Recording, from the youtube channel
Slides of presenters:
- Colleen Cunningham
- Martin Creaner
- Carliss Baldwin
- Feng Zhu
- Michael G. Jacobides
- Yiannis Lianos
- Martin Reeves
- Annabelle Gawer
- Marshall Van Alstyne
Papers submitted for the developmental side of the PDW (not recorded):
- Kathleen Park, Leveling Playing Fields or Preserving Power and Privileges? Technology Leaders and Tech Giants Strategically Downplaying Dominance in Virtual Ecosystems
- Elizabeth Hansen & Richard Tee, Open Standards And The Dynamics Of Platform Competition: Analyzing The Nascent Podcasting Ecosystem
- Hakan Ozalp, Dize Dinckol, Pinar Ozcan, Markos Zachariadis, Platform Envelopment in Regulated Markets: An Analysis of Big Tech in Education, Finance, and Healthcare
- Michael Wessel, Philipp Hukal, Maria José Schmidt-Kessen, Regulating Digital Platforms: Configurations of Policy Responses to Airbnb in European Cities
- Liam Goodman, How Political Factors Shape Ecosystems: A Review of Electric Mobility Policy in China and the EU
- Claudia Werker, Christian Hopp, Digital Transformation by Means of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) ecosystems: Shared Leadership Effectively Reshaping Operations and Customer Value Propositions
- Shihao Zhou, Weiliang Zhang, Arkadiy Sakhartov, Xi Chen, Platform Dissimilarity and Multihoming of Complementors: Evidence from Mobile Apps
So, please have fun looking at this material, and let’s keep the conversation going!