GIST Seminar

The 73rd GIST Seminar "The Rise of the Platform Economy"

The 73rd GIST Seminar
Speaker Prof. Martin Kenney
Time April 26, 2016 6pm - 8:00pm (Doors open at 5:40pm)
Venue National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 3rd Floor Meeting Room 3C *Venue has changed. (ACCESS)
Sponsor GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registraion required)
Document Presentation Slides (4.0M)


This paper suggests that we are in a period of fundamental changes in the organization of economic and social activities driven by the emergence of cloud computing, increasing power of algorithms, and analysis of big data. Boosters of these changes have suggested that a "Sharing" or "Collaborative" Economy will result, while others less convinced of its beneficence of the changes have suggested that instead what is emerging is a Gig Economy replete with a new Precariat. We, on the other hand, believe the organizing feature of these changes are online digital platforms.
Digital platforms such as Google Android Play, Apple App store, Uber, Airbnb, YouTube, and others are having an increasingly powerful impact on the ways in which people interact, the nature of work, commerce, and, perhaps, in the longer term, even the structure of the economy. I present a comprehensive overview of the various types of online digital platforms that have emerged and examine various implications of each them. Digital platforms are diverse in function and structure. However, their fundamental feature is that they provide significant power to the platform owner.

Simplified personal history

Cornell University, Ph.D. 1984, Development Sociology
San Diego State University, B.A. 1974, M.A. 1976, Sociology
2007-2008 Visiting Scholar Asia Pacific Research Center Stanford University
2000 May-June Arthur Andersen, Distinguished Visitor Judge Institute of Management Studies Cambridge University
1995 Oct.-Dec. Visiting Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
1995 Aug.-Sept. Visiting Professor, Institute of Work Sociology Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
1994 Oct.-Dec. Visiting Professor, Institute of Social Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Oct.-Dec. Visiting Professor, Institute of Economic Research Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
1992- Professor
1991-92 Associate Chairman
1989-92 Associate Professor, Department of Human and Community Development University of California, Davis
1989-90 Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University
1988-89 Visiting Professor, Institute of Business Research Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Tokyo, Japan
1984-89 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


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The application will be closed as soon as the number of applicants reaches the capacity.

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