The Application of Network effects to Standards and Platforms

Filippo Grillo*, Henk J. de Vries, Geerten van de Kaa

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Standards and platforms are artifacts that all kinds of organisations – including companies and governments - use to progress and innovate. Both scholarly communities agree that standards and platforms can have big economic and social repercussions, mainly because of increasing returns of scale for their adoption (i.e. network effects). This short article presents a taxonomy of direct and indirect network effects, and discusses their application within the domain of standards and plat-forms. For each type of network effect, we discuss the coexistence within multiple types of standards and platforms, and suggest further steps on how to connect standardisation research with platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAS Proceedings 2022
Subtitle of host publicationStandardisation and Open Source
EditorsKai Jakobs, Dong-hyu Kim
Place of PublicationAachen
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventEURAS conference 2022: Standardisation and Open Source - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 202210 Jun 2022


ConferenceEURAS conference 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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