Published: 04 November 2019

Digital platform paper selected as winner of the Abbie Griffin High Impact Award

Professor Annabelle Gawer’s 2014 paper “Industry Platforms and Ecosystem Innovation” is the winner of the 2019 Abbie Griffin High Impact Award as the most influential article published in the past 5 years in the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM).

JPIM is an interdisciplinary, international journal which seeks to advance theoretical and managerial knowledge of innovation management and product development.

After an extensive review process by a special awards committee at the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), we are delighted to report that your 2014 JPIM paper titled, “Industry Platforms and Ecosystem Innovation” has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Abbie Griffin High Impact Award as the most influential article published in the past 5 years.

This is a very prestigious award that recognises Professor Gawer’s impact on the field. In the words of the selection committee, they “greatly admired Professor Gawer’s work and noted the attention the article has garnered since publication.” Here is one bit of commentary from the selection committee:

Professor Gawer’s paper addresses the management of innovation within industry platforms, a very important topic in today’s academic research as well as managerial practice. The committee noted that this paper has garnered an impressive number of citations, including a large number of citations from the very best academic journals (as listed in the Financial Times 50 best journals). Moreover, they noted that the paper includes a number of concrete industry examples, and importantly, provides a set of managerial practices for effective platform leadership. In addition, this paper outlines several relevant platform-related research questions that are being tackled by researchers. 

The winner was announced at the 2019 JPIM/PDMA Research Forum in Orlando, USA on November 2nd. 

Platforms exist in a variety of industries, especially in high‐tech businesses driven by information technology. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel and Cisco and many other companies, build hardware and software products for computers, cell phones, and consumer electronics devices that in one form or another serve industry platforms. This paper shows how platform firms orchestrate innovation within and outside their company, in the technological and market disruptions and change over time.


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