Organization and Strategy Seminar（2017-07）
Topic：Platform Gatekeeping Policy and Knowledge Sharing among Complementors
Speaker: Tony Tong, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
Time: Monday, 19 June, 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Room 217 , Guanghua Building 2
Platform owners often emphasize the importance of growing complementor base, yet recent studies have shown that doing so could incur considerable costs. This paper examines how an exogenous deficiency of a gatekeeping policy and the resulted unmanaged growth of complementor base would affect complementor’s off-platform knowledge sharing behaviors, and proposes a gatekeeping policy as an instrument to manage the growth of complementor base. We draw on the literature about platform complementor, platform governance, and virtual community knowledge sharing to predict that a deficient gatekeeping policy may lead to a drop in complementors’ knowledge sharing efforts, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Using the jailbreak of iOS 7 as an exogenous shock, we find causal evidence that is consistent with our predictions.
Tony Tong is Professor of Strategic Management in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. His research focuses on the intersection between corporate strategy and innovation, studying M&As, alliances, multinational firms, patents, and digital ecosystem. He has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, among others, and is a co-editor of the Advances in Strategic Management – Real Options Theory. His research has received several awards including the Winner of the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize, and is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
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