1st European Digital Platform Research Network (EU-DPRN) Summit

Milan, Italy  |   8–9 June 2023

The aim of the European Digital Platform Research Network (EU-DPRN) is to consolidate, integrate, and further develop ongoing efforts to advance research on digital platforms and ecosystems. It is meant to provide a forum for European researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, information systems, economics) to share their latest research and deepen their professional networks.

At the heart of the EU-DPRN summit is a one-day plenary track comprising of paper presentations and feedback, panel discussions, and keynote presentations. The program features a curated set of high-quality papers from a mix of junior and senior faculty. Panels include speakers from inside and outside of academia, including practitioners and regulators. The program affords ample time for socializing, fuelled by Italian food and drink.

The summit further features a one-day PhD Development Workshop to provide opportunities to PhD students to present their work and receive feedback from senior scholars in their field. The workshop program includes a panel consisting of leading scholars and journal editors.

The EU-DPRN summit will be an annual event organized at different European locations.

Confirmed speakers and panelists

Ioanna Constantiou

Copenhagen Business School


Youngjin yoo

Case Western Reserve University

Michael G. Jacobides

London Business School

Tobias Kretschmer

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Juan Santaló

IE University

Annabelle Gawer

University of Surrey


Platform competition and competition within platforms

Platform strategies and ecosystems in traditional industries

Ecosystem governance: objectives driving choices and their consequences

Post ATT ecosystem strategies: “content fortresses” vs. disintermediation

Design and organizing principles of platform markets and ecosystems

Decentralised autonomous platforms and the future of the platform business model

Designing for (heterogeneous) network effects

Data strategies for competitive advantage and fair treatment

Co-specialization and standardization in and across ecosystems

Incentives/tradeoffs/effects of antitrust and data regulation on ecosystem dynamics and complementors’ activities


11:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome by organizers & Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 1 Platform Orchestration and Innovation (Discussant: Juan Santalo)

1) The Dual Face of Platform Interfaces: App Innovation between Recombination and Architectural Constraints. Coen van der Geest, VU Amsterdam
2) Rule takers or rule makers? Platform rule enforcement choices as strategic adaptation to regulation. Madhulika Kaul, HEC Paris
3) Challenging assumptions in the platform-based incumbent approach to innovation. S. James Ellis, Nijmegen University

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 2 Complementor Perspectives (Discussant: Tobias Kretschmer)

1) Adopting the Complementors Perspective: Homing Strategies and Performance Implications. Dora Maric, University of St Gallen
2) Unleashing through innovation – How platform dependency affects innovation behavior of complementors. Robin Nowak, University of Passau
3)Complementor evolution through platform ecosystem orchestration. Martin Harracá, Surrey University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session (3 papers) Platforms and their external environments (Discussant: Ioanna Constantiou)

1) Stimulating customer base growth of online nascent platforms: Evidence from a field experiment. Matteo Di Domenico, Twente University
2) The role of data in industrial platform ecosystems: The case of Enel X. Nelly Dux, LUISS
3) Big Tech's Impact on Innovation Trajectories: Dynamic Relation between Corporate Activities and Market Activities. Yangyang Cheng, Bocconi University

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PhD Panel –Moving beyond the obvious: How to build relevant platform research questions and navigate the publication process

PANOS CONSTANTINIDES Manchester University
IOANNA CONSTANTIOU Copenhagen Business School
JOOST RIETVELD UCL School of Management

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking Cocktail

8:30 am - 8:50 am


8:50 am - 9:00 am

Welcome by organizers

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote – Michael Jacobides, London Business School

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Platform competition and multihoming (15 min present, 10 min discuss, Q&A end of presentations)

1) To Fight or Not to Fight: Multihoming Complementors’ Performance in YouTube versus Twitch Platform War. Presenter: Niloofar Abolfathi (NUS Business School); Discussant: Philipp Hukal (Copenhagen Business School)
2) What Happens to Ratings When Both Sides Multihome? The Impact of Vertical Spillover Effect on Platform Competition and Ratings Inflation. Presenter: Aleksi Aaltonen (Temple University); Discussant: Julian Lehmann (Arizona State University)

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Complementor perspectives: Value creation and capture

3) Competition and value capture in platform markets: Implications for complementor strategy. Presenter: Ambre Nicolle (LMU Munich School of Management); Discussant: Paolo Aversa (Bayes Business School)
4) Impact of Privacy Regulation on Experimentation and Innovation. Presenter: Michail Batikas (Rennes School of Business); Discussant: Gabriele Piccoli (Louisiana State University)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch & poster presentations

Poster presentations
Complementor Emancipation and its Influence on Power Dynamics in Platform Ecosystems. Andreas Hein (Technical University of Munich)
Selective Modularization: Complementors Integrating Optional Platform Features. Philipp Hukal (Copenhagen Business School)
Platform strategies and the evolution of digital technology: A study of acquisitions by the six major platform firms over 20 years. Andrey Indukaev (Aalto University School of Business)
Interfacing for Complementarity in Nascent Innovation Ecosystems. Julian Lehmann (Arizona State University)
Digital Platforms: Construct Definition and Future Research. Joaquin Rodriguez (Grenoble Ecole de Management)
Under What Conditions Will a Platform Owner Introduce Its Own Complement? Effects of Genre Development and Complementor Multi-Homing. Xiaowei Zhang (Tilburg University)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Network effects and their implications

5) Platform Transformation Risk and the Role of Hosting Rivals. Presenter: Shiva Shekhar (Tilburg University); Discussant: Andreas Hein (Technical University of Munich).
6) Network effects by choice: Evidence from the board games industry. Presenter: Joe Ploog (UCL School of Management); Discussant: Georg Reischauer (WU Vienna University).
7) Platform performance: The effects of combining cross-subsidization pricing and gatekeeping policies. Presenter: Mahdi Tavalaei (Surrey University); Discussant: Hans Berends (VU Amsterdam)

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Platform governance and orchestration

8) Limits to Orchestration in Decentralized Platforms: Exploring the Effect of Ethereum’s Transaction Verification Mechanism on dApp Heterogeneity. Presenter: Daniel Obermeier (NYU Stern School of Business); Discussant: Sam Cao (Stockholm School of Economics).
9) Governance in Digital Platforms Dealing with Competing Network Effects. Presenter: Yasser Rahrovani (Ivey Business School); Discussant: Maximilian Schreieck (University of Innsbruck).
10) Good inTensions: Governance in Platform Cooperatives. Presenter: Jovana Karanovic (Rotterdam School of Management); Discussant: Cristina Alaimo (LUISS)

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Old wine in new bottles, pizza connection and hangover effects: what’s next for platform ecosystem research?

YOUNGJIN YOO Case Western Reserve University
JUAN SANTALÓ IE Business School
ANNABELLE GAWER Surrey University

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Conference closing and thank you

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Networking cocktail


Carmelo Cennamo

Copenhagen Business School, SDA Bocconi

Claudio Panico

Bocconi University

Panos Constantinides

 Alliance Manchester Business School

Joost Rietveld

UCL School of Management


SDA Bocconi School of Management

More details will follow soon

Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsoring members for their continued support.



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