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Master's Thesis Stefan Hefele

Last modified Oct 19, 2016

Living Lab Connected Mobility – Analysis and Description of Design Options for the Development of a Sustainable Mobility Ecosystem



Transportation is reaching its limits in urban areas today, while world population growth and urbanization are further accelerating the difficulties caused by the wide adoption of individual motorized mobility. Public and private actors are seeking ways to enable smart solutions for future personal mobility, supported by digitalization which opens up a wide array of new possibilities. in Munich, the "TUM Living Lab Connected Mobility" (LLCM) tries to research and develop a software-based mobility platform and establish an ecosystem around it.

The goal of this thesis is to elaborate Governance principles necessary to the establishment of a software-based mobility platform and ecosystem. The main result are alternative design options for the strategic establishment and growth of the TUM LLCM mobility ecosystem from a governance perspective.

A literature review in the areas of platform ecosystems and IT Governance is conducted to define the vocabulary of platform ecosystems, their players and interconnections. A framework is subsequently derived from literature in order to be able to describe and analyze platform ecosystem governance in a structured manner. With the help of this framework, different successful platforms and ecosystems are analyzed and successful strategies extracted and compared. In a third step, these strategies are synthesized in order to come to two alternative design options for the platform ecosystem governance of the TUM LLCM.

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