Technological platforms offer a distinguished way to trigger innovation through cooperation be-tween individuals, firm units or whole companies. Moreover, technological platforms have be-come a topic of growing interest in research and practice. In this article, we analyze the special case of technological platforms applied in an R&D context. We base our work on recently pub-lished typologies of technological platforms. In a multi-case study, we identify unique features regarding the (1) value creation, (2) openness, and (3) ecosystem correlated with network effects of what we call R&D platforms. Thus, our paper emphasizes technological platforms as a means to address sources for innovation in the context shrinking R&D efficiencies in various research-intensive industries. Furthermore, we specify existing typologies of technological platforms by introducing a special type of platform.
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16th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2016