The competing-complementarity of social media

Shailesh Palekar, Darshana Sedera

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This study presents the unique benevolent and malevolent nature of social media, intertwined to its capabilities, which influences its role as a benefactor and a competitor. We conceptualize this phenomenon as the competing-complementarity of social media. We explain competing-complementarity using Teece's (1986) concept of complementary assets and Porter's (2001) work on competitive forces shaping strategy and business on the Internet. We observe this phenomenon of competingcomplementarity of social media on news firms and offer its evidence through opinionated data analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)
Subtitle of host publication15-18 December, 2013, Milan, Italy
EditorsRichard Baskerville, Michael Chau
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780615933832
ISBN (Print)9781629934266
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems 2013 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 15 Dec 201318 Dec 2013
Conference number: 34th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems 2013
Abbreviated titleICIS 2013
OtherTheme: Reshaping Society through Information Systems Design
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  • Competing-complementarity
  • Disruptive innovation
  • News media
  • Social media

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