Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Discerning Media Economics

The area of media economics has made important contributions to understanding traditional broadcast technologies such as newspapers, television and radio, but has only recently addressed the capabilities and consequences of digital media. This post seeks to investigate two interrelated areas: media economics and the political economy of communications/media; then begin to apply them to the […]

E-Commerce with Chinese Characteristics

When Deng Xiaoping, the Communist leader who transformed China into state-centric capitalism had his famous economic realization, “I can distribute poverty or I can distribute wealth,” he probably could not have imagined the power of the Internet and its e-commerce capabilities. Deng and other post-Mao Communist leaders pursued “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” with the argument […]

DETERMINING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES FOR DIGITAL MEDIA FIRMS, PART 2

In a previous post, I discussed some structural characteristics of competitive advantages for digital media firms. Using the framework laid out in Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies as a framework and a point of departure, I was able to extend their analysis of traditional media companies to the […]

Determining Competitive Advantages for Digital Media Firms, Part 1

In the Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies, Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave provide a general critique of upper media management. The authors argue these moguls are preoccupied with “fantastical factors” that do little to provide high returns on capital, market share stability or shareholder […]

Digital Media Archetypes

The digital world is competitive, but quite enticing for people looking to explore their capabilities to produce creative and imaginative content. Companies struggle in a competitive environment and it takes commitment and intensive skill sets to be successfully employed in the digital fields. One way to look at the requirements are in terms of some […]

Why Digital Media Firms Need to be Fed Watchers

Over the course of about ten years of teaching economics and digital media at New York University (NYU), I developed a simulation of the Federal Reserve Bank that has proved useful in engaging participants in the study of economics and how the US economy works. I recently applied the Fed simulation to an MBA course […]

Licensing Creative Properties – Merchandise and Characters

One strategy for digital media growth is the licensing of creative intellectual property, a $150.8 billion industry that is increasingly global. Intellectual property law provides protection for creative content and licensing is required when a desired property such as an animated character is controlled with a copyright, trademark or even a patent. Licensing is giving […]

Controversies in Intellectual Property – The Business Method Patent

Disclaimer: The following is a brief overview related to business method patents and should not be considered legal advice. One of the most controversial forms of intellectual property in the digital age is the business method patent (BMP). These deal with particular systems or ways of conducting business and have gained a fair amount of […]

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  • About Me

    Professor and Associate Chair at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea. Recently taught at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, media economics, and strategic communications.

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