Entrepreneurs, Platforms & International Technology Transformation

Nigel Walton

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Platform business models and their underlying technologies are having a transformational impact upon the global business landscape. This Schumpeterian disruption is the direct result of international entrepreneurship spanning forty years from the battle for the industry standard for personal computers in the 1980s to the present day.

The chapter analyses the role of entrepreneurs in laying the technological foundations for the growth of the platform business model before undertaking a literature review of business model innovation and the resource-based view (RBV) of technological disruption. This highlights how platform-driven ecosystems have inverted traditional ways of doing business which incumbent firms struggle to emulate.

Due to the global nature of the Internet as a technology platform, the chapter will also consider the importance of the born global firm and why traditional one-sided businesses struggle to match the agility and scope of the new age entrepreneurial platform start-ups. This is evidenced by the surge in platform adoption in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpirical International Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook of Methods, Approaches & Applications
EditorsVahid Jafari-Sadeghi, Hannan Amoozad Mahdiraji, Leo-Paul Dana
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030689728
ISBN (Print)9783030689711
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X


  • Platforms
  • Ecosystems
  • Born global
  • Business model
  • RBV
  • Entrepreneur
  • International

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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