Seminar: Digital Platforms (Bachelor / Master)


The sharing economy and online platforms are on the rise and constantly changing our daily lives. More and more products and services can be booked online via digital platforms. What types of digital platforms and ecosystems exist? What are their design principles and rationales? How are they governed? How do companies create value by building up and engaging in digital ecosystems?

The seminar materials will consist of current and seminal research papers in the field and represent various aspects of digital platforms and ecosystems, such as technical, organizational, and business.

Prior knowledge in information systems is recommended.

You can sign up for the course under this link: Link

You can find the course in the student service portal:

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Master students: Link

ECTS Points: 3.0


20.09.2022 16:00-17:30 Topic allocation (participation is required!)
4.10.2022 16:00-17:30 Practical lecture in cooperation with AMAG
1.11.2022 16:00-17:30 Short interim presentations of results & feedback
15.12.2022 – 16.12.22 9:00-17:00 Blockseminar




  • Seminar paper
  • Mid-status presentation
  • Continuous participation in the block seminar (at the end of the semester) including presentation of the seminar paper

Further information

This module is planned to take place in person. Materials and recordings are made available online via MS Teams. This seminar is limited to 20 participants.

Available Topics Explanation

For the Topic allocation we merge the concepts (Hein et al., 2020) and (Meyer, 2019), which allows for a total of 24 topics to be created. In the following we present both concepts and show the topics available

Digital platforms: theory


 (Hein et al., 2020) focus on four ‘avenues’ to analyse Digital Platforms (Technical properties and value creation, Value capture in digital platform ecosystems, Complementor interaction with the ecosystem, Make-or-join decision in digital platform ecosystems) in the table above we can see research questions for each of the described ‘avenues’.

Digital platforms: applications


Meyer 2019 created a taxonomy of various types of Digitial Platforms and listed a number of examples

Available Topics

Merginge both concepts generates 24 unique topics:

  Marketplace Payment Community Communication Search Repository
Technical 1 2 3 4 5 6
Business 7 8 9 10 11 12
Complementor Interaction  13 14 15 16 17 18
Management/ Governance 19 20 21 22 23 24