Why Most Incumbents Should Forget About Platforms and Build Consumption Ecosystems (Tech Strategy – Podcast 144)


This week’s podcast is Production and Consumption Ecosystems as digital business models. This thinking is mostly by Professor Mohan Subramaniam, who wrote the book The Future of Competitive Strategy: Unleashing the Power of Data and Digital Ecosystems.

You can listen to this podcast here, which has the slides and graphics mentioned. Also available at iTunes and Google Podcasts.

My 9 digital business models are:

  1. Linear business models (i.e., pipelines)
  2. Production Ecosystems
  3. Consumption Ecosystems
  4. Company Ecosystems
  5. Platforms
  6. Pipeline plus Platform Business Model
  7. Protocol networks (i.e., blockchains) as stand-alone businesses
  8. Platform-protocol hybrids
  9. Protocol ecosystems (i.e., building blocks)

Here is a graphic of a Production Ecosystem:

Here is a graphic of a Consumption Ecosystem:


Related articles:

From the Concept Library, concepts for this article are:

  • Production and Consumption Ecosystems
  • DOB4: Connectedness Interoperability and Collaboration Based Business Models

From the Company Library, companies for this article are:

  • Haier


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