Lifewide learning courses and programmes

Digital platform economy

This course will present the impact and changes that digitalisation will bring to companies, industries and societies. The topics covered on this course are for example the enablers of digitalisation, consumerisation, platforms, governance and digital boost to platforms and platform economy.


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Aalto University, FITech




2 By Aalto University (ECTS)


€ 0.00

Application period:

1.6.2023 – 15.10.2023

Target group and prerequisites

No prerequisites

Course description

Course content

Enablers of digitalisation, convergence, commoditisation, consumerisation (of IT), democratisation, disaggregation, disintermediation, power of digital aggregators and intermediators, specialisation, lowering entry barriers, servitisation, datafication, mobility, social media. Platforms, platform economy, network effects, boundary resources and how they are used, governance of platforms, digital boost to platforms.

After completing the course the student

  • has a high-level understanding of the scale, scope, and speed of the disruption and destruction that digitalisation is having on firms, industries and societies, and technological enablers that are driving the change.
  • can describe the changes that digitalisation brings at the level of industry structures and power, market dynamics and value chains.
  • is also able to describe the main characteristics of (multisided) platforms and platform economy, why platform economy is different to traditional business and the significance on platforms for the economy at large.

Completion methods

The course is online and self-paced.

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