Whitepapers & Research

Independent and Sponsored Research on the Future of Platforms and Ecosystems


New Foundations

of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking

After more than seven years from the creation of the first Platform Design Toolkit in 2013, the context and scope of platform-ecosystem thinking have changed and grown widely: New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking are now needed to re-tune the work of Platform Designers with the massive shift we’re seeing in markets and society.


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Understand the Context of this Whitepaper

This short video will help readers contextualize the New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking Whitepaper – released on November 20th 2020 by the Boundaryless Team: in the video, you’ll find some key quotes from the thought leaders and practitioners that have helped us shape our research work. This video will provide essential insights and framing of the inflection point we’re living, and point out why the shift requires radically new ways of organizing at scale.