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Tobias Meyer

Dipl. Ökon.

Freie Universität Berlin
School of Business and Economics
Path Dependency Research Center
Garystr. 21
D-14195 Berlin

Tel.: 030/838-52121
Fax: 030/838-57186
Email: tobias.meyer @ fu-berlin.de

Tobias Meyer

Dissertation topic:


Path dependence in two-sided markets: A simualtion study on technological path dependence with an application to platform competition in the smartphone industry




This dissertation proposes an agent-based simulation model of platform competition to investigate the phenomenon of technological path dependence in two-sided markets. The computer simulation explores the interaction of indirect network effects, bounded rationality, switching behavior, multi-homing strategies and entry timing of competing technologies. The study illustrates different market dynamics by conducting counterfactual experiments for the global smartphone industry, and identifies conditions which are (un)favorable to the emergence of technological lock-ins. On these grounds, the dissertation contributes to the theoretical literature on path dependence by complementing existing empirical case studies with a formal simulation model.


Curriculum Vitae:

Since 04/2008
Member of the Doctoral Program "Research on Organizational Paths", Free University Berlin

2006 - 2008
Business consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Transaction Services / Mergers & Acquisitions)

Diploma degree from Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg ("Diplom-Oekonom"). Thesis on supply-side effects of monetary policy, visiting scholar at the University of Trento (Italy) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2003 - 2004
Study year abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science

2001 – 2006
Business Management and Economics, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg


2009: Class teacher for "Strategic Management", Freie Universität
2006: Class teacher for "Principles of Economics",
Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg



Scholarships & Awards:


2008 - 2011: PhD scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2004 - 2006: Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation
2003 - 2004: Scholar of the Floyd & Lili Biava Foundation (LSE Partial Scholarship )


Research interest:


  • Indirect network effects / two-sided markets
  • Management of multi-sided platforms (MSPs)
  • Technology diffusion
  • Strategic alliances
  • Agent-based simulation




  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)


Publications and Conference Papers

  • 2011: Does quality win? A Simulation Study on Technological Path Dependence in Two-sided Markets. Proceedings of the ANZMAC 2011 Conference, Perth (Australia), 28. - 30. November 2011 (with Michael Kleinaltenkamp).

  • 2011: Path dependence in two-sided markets. 2nd International Conference on Path Dependence, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, March 3-4.
  • 2010: Inter-organizational networks and platform competition. A path dependence perspective on social capital and evidence from the smartphone operating systems market. 26th EGOS Colloquium, Sub-Theme on Imprints of the Past: Organizational Path Dependencies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, June 28 - July 3rd (with F. Stöppler).
  • 2010: Does the winner take it all? Technology diffusion and platform competition in the smartphone industry. International Workshop on Agent-based Simulation of Diffusion Processes, Vienna, Austria, April 8-9 (with F. Stöppler).