Platform Revolution: Book Overview and Takeaways

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What makes businesses like Amazon and Spotify successful? How can you start your own platform? In Platform Revolution, the authors compare the platform business model to the traditional business model known as a pipeline. They also outline the essential design and management strategies for platform developers. Read below for a brief Platform Revolution book overview.

What Is a Platform Business Model? The New Type of Business

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What is a platform business model? What are the unique characteristics of platform models? Platforms emerged at the turn of the 21st century as a novel business model that connects producers with consumers. The book Platform Revolution describes pipelines—the business model that dominated before platforms came about—and explains how platforms differ from pipelines. Keep reading to learn more about the revolutionary platform business model.

How to Use Ram Charan’s Leadership Pipeline Model

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Do you want to work your way up the corporate ladder? How can you use the Leadership Pipeline to make a difference in your organization? Understanding the Leadership Pipeline is the key to running an effective organization. Thankfully, Ram Charan has a clear definition of the Leadership Pipeline. Let’s look at three ways organizations can use Ram Charan’s Leadership Pipeline model to improve.

Pipeline vs. Platform Business Models: The 3 Differences

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What are the differences between the platform and pipeline business models? How do platforms rely on networks? Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary state that platforms will replace pipelines as the new business model. In addition to facilitating direct producer-consumer connections, platforms differ from pipelines in three important ways. Let’s explore the pipeline vs. platform business models.

How to Identify Hidden Organizational Problems

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Are there problems in your organization? How can you fix managerial issues? The Leadership Pipeline is a theoretical model for categorizing leadership responsibilities that employees must fulfill to keep an organization healthy. One of the benefits of using the Pipeline is that it easily identifies organizational problems. Learn how easy it can be to pinpoint the root of the problem with the Leadership Pipeline.

The 2 Major Benefits of Platform Business Models

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What are the benefits of platform business models? How are platforms affecting politics and the economy? Platforms aren’t just an alternative to pipelines. Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary say platforms are outperforming pipelines and, in the process, transforming the world. We’ll explain why platforms are taking over the market and explore the economic, social, and political effects.

The 6 Stages of Leadership Development in Business

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What are the stages of leadership development? How does each step in the Leadership Pipeline lead to the CEO? There are six stages to describe the hierarchy of management in the largest organizations. If you work in a smaller organization, you may need to leave out or adapt some stages of the Leadership Pipeline. Let’s look at the specific requirements for each stage of leadership development.

How to Build a Platform Business: 3 Design Fundamentals

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How do you build a platform business? What type of participants are important for platforms? Platform business models are game-changers, and you might be inspired to start your own platform business. Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary cover three design fundamentals to consider as you get started. Below we’ll look at how to build a platform business using the three design fundamentals.