Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems, and Applications - Workshops. Mobilware 2009 Workshops, Berlin, Germany, April 2009, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

The Borders of Mobile Handset Ecosystems: Is Coopetition Inevitable?

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-03569-2_5,
        author={Ga\`{\i}l Gueguen and Thierry Isckia},
        title={The Borders of Mobile Handset Ecosystems: Is Coopetition Inevitable?},
        proceedings={Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems, and Applications - Workshops. Mobilware 2009 Workshops, Berlin, Germany, April 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBILWARE WORKSHOPS},
        year={2012},
        month={11},
        keywords={Ecosystems Mobile OS co-opetition keystone organization},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-03569-2_5}
    }
    
  • Gaël Gueguen
    Thierry Isckia
    Year: 2012
    The Borders of Mobile Handset Ecosystems: Is Coopetition Inevitable?
    MOBILWARE WORKSHOPS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03569-2_5
Gaël Gueguen1,*, Thierry Isckia1,*
  • 1: Groupe ESC Toulouse, Télécom & Management SudParis
*Contact email: g.gueguen@esc-toulouse.fr, thierry.isckia@it-sudparis.eu

Abstract

Today, the mobile phone industry witnesses important changes, shifting from a value chain to a burgeoning business ecosystem. This paper deals with the relationships that are at the very core of mobile OS ecosystems for IMTs (smartphones and PDA): Microsoft-OS, Symbian-OS, Palm-OS and RIM-OS over the period 1998-2006. Our study confirms that an ecosystem’s borders are unclear. More than half of our sample’ relationships are shared by at least two different ecosystems. The ecosystems we studied do not differ in terms of exclusive relationship which suggests that coopetitive strategies are particularly relevant in mobile platforms war.