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Platform Ecosystems by Amrit Tiwana

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Chapter 9

Modular Operators

Platform Ecosystems’ Evolutionary Baby Steps

In This Chapter

• An overview of modular operators

• The role of modular operators

• The SPLIT operator

• The SUBTRACT operator

• The SUBSTITUTE operator

• The AUGMENT operator and its INVERT and ENVELOP special cases

• The MUTATE operator and its PORT special case

• A stylized representation of evolution using modular operator sequences

Modularization of platform interfaces embeds flexibility in the form of real options in their ecosystem. This flexibility is manifested in five discrete operations that can be performed on a platform or an app, and within the ecosystem to evolve it. These discrete steps are called modular operators. Evolution of an app, platform, or the ...

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