Signals from the Field
In the modern world, nearly everything is interdependent and interlinked. Data plays an essential role in this integration and is the feedstock for platforms. We understand the platform economy as a way of creating value and organizing layered (business or other) activities enabled by digital platforms, information and data. Based on the data, platforms typically are able to offer personalized, timely and optimized services for their users, and better service offerings for the service producers. The higher the quality of the data on the platform, the better it can serve the needs of the platform and its users and producers. Therefore, the quantity and quality of the data play an important role in platforms. Platforms develop new ways to access data across a variety of sources and develop new technologies for analysing and utilising data. Consequently, platforms are becoming increasingly connected and interlinked.
In this signal post, we discuss how platforms play an important role in the integration of the world by discussing examples from different platform categories.Read more
The digital platform economy has impacted employment in many ways. “Traditional” jobs, such as office workers and the service industry, are being enhanced by collaboration, video, and cloud-based platforms. New tech industry jobs are being created in countries that have successfully encouraged the development of platform companies. Finally, many platforms foster the sharing and gig economies and have created employment opportunities for individuals who have an asset, skill, or time to share. In this Signal post, we touch briefly on employment in the tech industry but focus primarily on employment in gig and sharing platforms and provide an update on how the early promises of the sharing and gig economies have played out in reality.Read more
In this signal post we take a look at platforms that are being adapted or used in novel ways during the coronavirus pandemic.Read more
This signal post summarizes our newest research report on an interview study that explores how Finnish companies view and capitalise on opportunities in the platform economy.Read more
In this signal post, we’re highlighting digital platforms have increased our resilience and ability to adapt to these extraordinary times of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.Read more
Digitalization chances the structure of the global economy. Value creation happens in multiple sites all over the digital platform ecosystem. The accumulated value is monetized mostly in the country where the dominating ecosystem partner is located. According to the recent research results of the PVN this may potentially lead to deep disruption of the tax revenue of the public sector.Read viewpoint