This research explores the organizational experience and sustainability of complementors in the platform-based ecosystem. We propose that, during the generational transition of platforms underlying continuous technological change, complementors’ unique, generational experience can help them sustain high-quality complements in the next-generation platform. This study reveals that the organizational experience of intellectual property (IP) vendors can help maintain high-quality IP architecture in the next generation of semiconductor processes. This study complements the discussion of quality management in the platform-based ecosystem. Moreover, we propose that in addition to the governance mechanism constructed by standards or control, platform vendors should consider capitalizing on complementors’ organizational experience to enable the evolution of the platform-based ecosystem. This research is one of few studies that apply organizational experience and sustainability to the analysis of platform-based ecosystems. The results of our study can be used as a reference for platform firms to improve the quality of complements when the traditional manufacturing industry is transformed into a platform-based ecosystem.
platform-based ecosystem, organizational experience, sustainability, semiconductor, IP vendor