Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs by Don Tapscott

By Don Tapscott

The industrial-age company is crumbling. the hot type of wealth construction is the enterprise web,and the recent foundation of wealth is electronic capital. Schwab, eBay, Cisco, MP3, Linux, and dozens of different businesses have remodeled the foundations of festival of their industries, possible in a single day. They hijacked long-entrenched leaders with innovative choices that shocked and overjoyed clients. those transformers couldn't and didn't act by myself: companions enabled them to maneuver with stealth, pace, agility, and strength. Such groups of innovators pioneered the enterprise net, or "b-web" - the recent platform for festival within the twenty-first century. B-webs - companion networks of manufacturers, provider companies, providers, infrastructure businesses, and clients associated through electronic channels - are destroying the company as now we have recognized it and producing wealth in totally new methods. In "Digital Capital", information-age visionaries Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, and Alex Lowy describe and clarify the b-web phenomenon and the forces in the back of its emergence. Drawing on 3 years of multimillion-dollar examine into hundreds of thousands of b-webs as different because the Microsoft alliance and the automobile undefined, the authors light up the 5 detailed varieties of b-web now in play: Agoras, Aggregations, price Chains, Alliances, and Distributive Networks. Punctuating their research with a wealthy set of case stories, they supply the definitive consultant to company version innovation within the electronic economy.The ebook comprises: the untold genuine tale at the back of the tale on successes like eBay, Cisco, Linux, Schwab, and Priceline; positioning and research of emergent e-businesses like Webvan, OptiMark, AT&T suggestions, and Enron; a step by step approach for b-web method layout; a brand new method of maximizing organizational effectiveness in a multi-enterprise atmosphere; the "ABCDEs" of promoting - inheritor to the "four P's" of the commercial age; instructions for determining even if to rent, purchase, or associate a wanted potential; a brand new set of lenses for viewing the inventory industry. The authors warn that participation in b-webs isn't non-compulsory. to come across and fulfill the electronic patron, organizations needs to lead or companion in a single or extra of those new company networks. whereas no unmarried course ends up in b-web good fortune, companies will undertake potent b-web strategies-or they are going to easily fade away. maintaining virtue within the electronic financial system calls for greater than superficial activities like attracting "eyeballs," launching a sizzling IPO, following "new rules", development a funky site, or perhaps simply concentrating on shoppers. In "Digital Capital" we ultimately have a booklet that will get past whiz-bang cliches to present day relevant problems with aggressive approach.

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The highest bid gets first rights to the goods, but all winners pay the same price. The second price (also known as a Vickery) auction, which takes sealed bids, is a new variation on the English auction. 8 Here, the highest bidder wins, but pays the second highest price. 3. Buy-side auctions enable a buyer to receive bids from several sellers. They work best when the buyer's budget is high relative to the cost of bidding and there is market competition among sellers. The most common buy-side auction is a request for quotation (RFQ).

Take a dose of the virtual corporation, process redesign, or knowledge management, and your company will feel better in the morning. Whether b-webs seem attractive or not, ignoring them is perilous. Unlike other big ideas, b-webs are inevitable. The MP3 b-web arose spontaneously, not because a manager read an illuminating book on business strategy. The b-web is emerging as the generic, universal platform for creating value and wealth. Like the corporation itself, the b-web concept is descriptive, not prescriptive; it will come in many different flavors, shapes, and sizes.

And customers have collective power. MP3 illustrates how customers can go "out of control" and change the course of an industry. Customers gain both tangible (cost, quality) and intangible (information, control, relationships) benefits while themselves contributing ever more value to the b-webs in which they participate. All of this means that to attract and retain customers, sellers must build trustworthy, two-way relationships that deliver real value. Pag e 24 Disaggregation leads to "disintermediation "and "reintermediation"—the elimination and replacement of physical-world agents and other intermediaries between producers and customers.

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