Network Economics in Software Markets

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


The prior analysis revealed that network effects in customer networks are valuable drivers of growth opportunities in software markets. Therefore, the literature on network economics is reviewed in the following chapter. First some fundamental principles of network economics are depicted before a typology of network effects is suggested. Then, the most relevant characteristics and dynamics of software markets are outlined, before insights of empirical research are reviewed. Finally, network effects are investigated on a finer level of detail in selected software market segments. A reconsideration of network effects in software markets concludes this chapter.


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