Across the world, platform-based business models offer new entrepreneurial opportunities for innovative consumer services but create mostly precarious and insecure work. Network economics and data driven business development often result in near monopolies that disrupt established industries and challenge existing regulation for competition, taxation and employment. Most visible are platforms with international reach, such as Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Less known are the clusters of digital start-ups that have been formed in every country. While few achieve international scale, they are important for meeting local consumer needs and for developing digital skills for the broader economy. Their disruptive and developmental capacity are poorly understood.
We invited proposals for studies of the diffusion of platform-based business models in Greece. These had to include:
• Analyses of the extent of use of international platforms and the emergence of local platform firms; case studies of indicative or exceptionally innovative digital business platforms.
• Examples of ‘creative destruction’.
• Assessment of enablers and inhibitors for successful platform-based business, for example infrastructure, skills, regulation.
Successful proposals should demonstrate in depth understanding of platform-based business models and the political economy of platform capitalism. They should aim to shed light on the ‘creative destruction’ of platform business innovation in Greece and inform relevant policy.