Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition: A Case Study

Gustav Toppenberg, Stefan Henningsson, Ben Eaton

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    Digital platform leaders need to continuously innovate the platform core to drive the technological trajectory of the overall architecture and business system, of which the platform is a core element. This papers analyses the potential of and challenges to completing this task through the acquisition and integration of companies presenting innovative technologies of relevance to the platform core. Using a revelatory case study of Cisco Systems, we develop the explanatory notion of ‘coring acquisition’. In this type of acquisition value is created through the acquisition of companies that provide products external to the acquirer that can be assimilated into the platform core. This creates value through the transformational process that we term ‘coring’. We also analyze how the benefits of coring acquisitions are contingent on challenges concerning the integration of acquisitions offering and operations.
    Digital platform leaders need to continuously innovate the platform core to drive the technological trajectory of the overall architecture and business system, of which the platform is a core element. This papers analyses the potential of and challenges to completing this task through the acquisition and integration of companies presenting innovative technologies of relevance to the platform core. Using a revelatory case study of Cisco Systems, we develop the explanatory notion of ‘coring acquisition’. In this type of acquisition value is created through the acquisition of companies that provide products external to the acquirer that can be assimilated into the platform core. This creates value through the transformational process that we term ‘coring’. We also analyze how the benefits of coring acquisitions are contingent on challenges concerning the integration of acquisitions offering and operations.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016)
    EditorsTung Bui, Ralph H. Sprague, Jr.
    Place of PublicationLoa Alamitos, CA
    PublisherIEEE
    Date2016
    Pages4634-4643
    ISBN (Print)9781479983896
    ISBN (Electronic)9780769556703
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2016
    EventThe 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2016 - Kauai, Hawaii, United States
    Duration: 5 Jan 20168 Jan 2016
    Conference number: 49
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    ConferenceThe 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2016
    Number49
    CountryUnited States
    CityKauai, Hawaii
    Period05/01/201608/01/2016
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    ISSN1060-3425

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    Toppenberg, G., Henningsson, S., & Eaton, B. (2016). Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition: A Case Study. In T. Bui, & R. H. Sprague, Jr. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016) (pp. 4634-4643). Loa Alamitos, CA: IEEE. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.575
    Toppenberg, Gustav ; Henningsson, Stefan ; Eaton, Ben. / Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition : A Case Study. Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016). editor / Tung Bui ; Ralph H. Sprague, Jr.Loa Alamitos, CA : IEEE, 2016. pp. 4634-4643 (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences).
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    Toppenberg, G, Henningsson, S & Eaton, B 2016, Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition: A Case Study. in T Bui & RH Sprague, Jr. (eds), Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016). IEEE, Loa Alamitos, CA, Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 4634-4643, Kauai, Hawaii, United States, 05/01/2016. DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.575

    Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition : A Case Study. / Toppenberg, Gustav; Henningsson, Stefan; Eaton, Ben.

    Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016). ed. / Tung Bui; Ralph H. Sprague, Jr.Loa Alamitos, CA : IEEE, 2016. p. 4634-4643.

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    Toppenberg G, Henningsson S, Eaton B. Reinventing the Platform Core Through Acquisition: A Case Study. In Bui T, Sprague, Jr. RH, editors, Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016). Loa Alamitos, CA: IEEE. 2016. p. 4634-4643. (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). Available from, DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.575