The COVID-19 pandemic increased the dependence of people on online resources and accelerated the process of digitalisation and digitisation. Digital platforms are growing rapidly, playing a pivotal role in restoring the economy. For example, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, China's digital economy in 2021 accounted for 39.8% of GDP. The US and China share about 90% of the market value of the world’s largest digital platforms. The competitive advantage of enterprises is no longer based on competition between individual firms or products, but between industrial chains, platforms, alliances, innovation networks and ecosystems. Digital platforms have transformed the landscape of various industries and the way that international business is conducted. Digital platform ecosystems and strategies, along with their role in the economy and society, have been drawing global academic attention.
This special issue welcomes general research examining the status quo of digital platforms and digital ecosystem strategies. The implications for developing countries, e.g., their ability to compete globally, are also of interest.
- Thorough reviews on the topic of existing digital platforms
- Theories for the construction, expansion and evolution of digital platform ecosystems
- The mechanisms of value creation and appropriation of digital platforms
- Qualitative approaches for studying digital platforms and measurements for the economic and social value of digital platforms and the digital economy
- Configuration of the digital value chain
- In-depth case studies of the global top digital platforms, e.g., Apple, Microsoft, Meta, Amazon, Google, Tencent and Alibaba
- Business model innovation of digital platforms and leading companies in the digital value chain
- Application and extension of institutional theory in the digital ecosystem context
- Regulation of cross border data flows in the global digital ecosystem and their implications for international business
- The impact of internationalisation and the global expansion of digital platform companies on the development of global ecosystems
- The development of country multinational enterprises to integrate with global digital ecosystems and their subsequent impacts
- Solutions to digital divides in digital ecosystems
- Governance of digital ecosystems: governments vs. self-regulating digital platforms
- The design and implementation of relevant policies and legal frameworks
- Submission deadline: rolling submission
- Accepted manuscripts will first be published in a regular issue, before being included in an article collection once the required number of articles has been reached.
Tsinghua University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jizhen Li is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (SEM). Jizhen is also the Associate Dean of Tsinghua SEM and Vice Director at the Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University. His research interests include digital transformation, management of technological innovation, strategic management and innovation policy. As Principal Investigator, he has finished many projects, including six research projects funded by NSF of China. His research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Information and Management, Journal of Management, Management Science, Research Policy, R&D Management, and Strategic Management Journal.
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Email: email@example.com
Si Zhang is Associate Professor in Management Science at the School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she teaches and researches technology economics, international development and international business. She obtained her PhD degree in Economics from the University of Reading, UK, and worked as a post-doc researcher in Tsinghua University. She has published in a variety of journals, including Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, R&D Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.
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