Platform Companies Go Global

June 15, 2015

Platforms Go Global

The international business landscape is changing. A new breed of business—platform companies that match and facilitate interaction between the makers of goods and services with buyers —are rapidly expanding their global reach. In the past decade, a growing number have emerged as global enterprises that rival traditional businesses in the number of countries in which they operate. There are also vibrant platforms emerging in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Peter Evans, Vice President of The Center for Global Enterprise, led a one-hour discussion on platform companies for members of the Global Scholars Program. His colloquium shed light on how to understand these new business models, and the opportunities and challenges that their organizational structures and operational processes pose to both platform companies and traditional enterprises.

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a free and open learning community of students, faculty, and professionals focused on the management practices, leadership styles, and innovations that will shape the future of global business. There are currently 71 universities across 57 different countries in the Global Scholars Program.

Watch or listen to Dr. Evan’s full discussion or browse by topic below:

Overview of a Platform Company

Emerging Platform Economy


Workplace Platforms

Global Management

Platforms and Regulation


Q&A: Are platform companies treated the same as industry incumbents?

Q&A: Are banks able to transform into platform organizations?


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