Understanding Digital Platforms – 26 October 2020, 6pm -7pm CEST


The digital transformation leads to fundamental changes in markets, which can be described as the relationship between supply and demand, institutionalised by companies and customers. Within this transformation, it is especially digital platforms that open up completely new possibilities and approaches for shaping these relationships. Based on the market power certain companies achieved through establishing platforms as the foundation of their business model, we would like to discuss the following three questions.

  1. What characterizes platforms? 
  2. How should platforms be designed?
  3. Are platforms here to stay?

After the questions have been tackled, participants will have a lively discussion about the ways in which platforms influence us in everyday life.


Dr Carsten Sørensen, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Carsten holds a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in computer science and a PhD in Information Systems from Aalborg University, Denmark. For more than a decade Carsten studied innovation with mobile computing, and since 2008 his research has focused on the innovation dynamics of mobile infrastructures and platforms. He has has published widely in relevant IS journals since 1989 and is a Senior Editor for The Information Systems Journal. Carsten serves as reviewer for all the major Information Systems journals and conferences. In addition to his academics, he has consulted large international firms and public organisations, such as Microsoft, Google, Intel, to name a few.