Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Platform Ecosystems: The Role of Alignment from a Complementor Perspective


May 03 2024


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


3/F, K.K. Leung Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
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The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is delighted to invite Professor Sali LI, Professor of Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina to deliver a talk on May 3, 2024 at The University of Hong Kong. Details are as follows:

Date and Time: May 3, 2024 (Friday) | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Venue: KK 301, 3/F, K.K. Leung Building, HKU, Pokfulam
Format:  Face-to-face in English
Registration: Registration is not required



Professor Sali LI

Darla Moore School of Business,
University of South Carolina


Sali Li is a professor in the Sonoco International Business Department at the Darla Moore School of Business. Prior to joining the Moore School, he was an assistant professor at the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. Additionally, he has served on the editorial boards of Journal of International Management and Journal of Management.

Professor Li’s primary research interests cover multinational strategy, revisiting the resource based view and international entrepreneurship with particular focus on emerging economies. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Academy of Management Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management and Strategic Management Journal.


Despite the power of AI technology to boost productivity, the challenges faced by complementors in an ecosystem to create value from such technologies remain understudied. We unveil the discontinuities afflicting complementors’ product offerings when deploying ecosystem-sponsored AI technologies, and we introduce two distinct alignment strategies, technological and flow alignment, which allow complementors to utilize the ecosystem leader’s AI technology and orchestration efforts in buffering their products from the discontinuities. By studying Apple’s release of an artificial intelligence kit, Core ML, in its mobile ecosystem, we provide robust empirical support for our hypotheses. This study contributes to our understanding of architectural evolution and ecosystem strategy.


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About CIE:

Sponsored by HKU Business School, the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is committed to connect research and practice, and create a vibrant and diverse community of entrepreneurs and innovators to drive positive changes in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area.

With our teams and resources inside and outside Hong Kong, we aim at bridging the ecosystems in China and overseas.




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