Strategic Choices Of Sourcing Platforms (SCOSP)
The project examines sourcing platforms. Operated by incumbent industrial firms and start-ups, industrial firms use these platforms to transact industrial goods such as raw materials and machinery. As sourcing platforms significantly reduce search costs and information ambiguities, they are of increasing strategic relevance for industrial firms and are growing rapidly. However, research on sourcing platforms is still in its infancy. The project aims to develop and validate a conceptual framework of sourcing platform strategic behavior based on insights from the academic literature as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses. With this goal, the project will challenge prevailing theoretical assumptions and offer recommendations for effective strategic choices. In addition, managers will be provided with empirically grounded insights on platform strategies. The project will also contribute to the discourse on the 'platformization' of industrial markets that are highly relevant for the Austrian and European economy.
Supported by funds of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank, Anniversary Fund, project number: 18747).
09.2022: A master thesis on how industrial incumbents undertake digital transformations co-supervised by a project member was completed.
08.2022: A project member organized a workshop on platforms and ecosystems at the Academy of Management Meeting.
04.2022: The SCOSP-project has started. This website will provide updates on project progress and project events.