We are delighted to invite papers and participation to our HICSS-56 minitrack on ‘Managing the Dynamics of Platforms and Ecosystems’. The minitrack follows seven years of successful exploration of platforms and ecosystems since HICSS-49 (see Russell et al. 2021).
It is well understood that, in order to compete and survive, organizations have to consider ecosystem-centric perspectives. Platforms play a central role in the rapid emergence of this type of organization and the proliferation of digital technologies (Gawer 2021, de Reuver et al. 2018, van Dijck 2018). As we enter a “digital first” economy (Baskerville et al. 2020), platforms collect more and more data (Aaltonen et al. 2020) and utilize it to produce superior machine learning applications, further cementing market dominance. At the same time, the introduction of a “Web 3.0” promises an increasingly decentralized digital infrastructure from blockchain technologies that would affect platforms.Today, however, platform providers like Amazon, Meta, or Apple have become dominant actors in their own industry, but also influence dynamics in complementary markets (e.g., Cusumano et al. 2019). Their influence on industries and society has changed over time and so has policy makers’ attention (Khan et al. 2019) on these actors. In this environment, platform providers legitimize actions (Garud et al. 2020; Taeuscher & Rothe 2021) not only on their markets, i.e., with users and complementors, but also with the broader society, including investors and regulators.
Although understanding the value and importance of platforms and ecosystems across various industries and domains has grown significantly over the years, there is still a paucity of research examining dynamic and evolutionary aspects when it comes to their management and their impact. We believe that studying management, dynamics and impact of platforms is of tremendous societal importance and current technological developments provide a plethora of rich empirical settings. We invite authors to submit their research on the impact of actors on their ecosystem and beyond, and urge them to clearly identify the actor level, e.g., individual managers, teams, firms. Building on previous years’ experience, we seek contributions that focus on the “dynamic” aspects of platforms and ecosystems, in their organization, participation and impacts.
For the minitrack call, we encourage topics of interest associated with such inquiries and beyond:
The minitrack seeks contributions that problematize or build on diverse theoretical backgrounds such as management science, information systems, computer science, decision science, system science, organizational design, policy making, complexity and behavioral economics to continue the scholarly exploration of concepts, theories, models, and tools for managing platforms and ecosystems. We are open to a wide set of methodological approaches including empirical research, case-based research, field studies, design science, behavioral decision-making experiments, and conceptual research. We encourage collaboration between academia, industry, and policy making and welcome submissions from industry and around the world.
Chair of the Committee:
Rahul C. Basole (Accenture AI, USA)
Members of the Committee:
Amrit Tiwana (University of Georgia, USA)
Annabelle Gawer (University of Surrey)
Brandon Barnett (Intel Corporation, USA)
Carmelo Cennamo (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Carsten Sørensen (London School of Economics, UK)
Daniel Fürstenau (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Geoff Parker (Dartmouth College, USA)
Hyunwoo Park (Ohio State University, USA)
Jesus Delvalle (Bayer, Germany)
Jianxi Luo (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
Jim Spohrer (IBM Corporation, USA)
Karl Täuscher (University of Manchester, UK)
Mark de Reuver (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Marko Seppänen (Tampere University, Finland)
Martha Russell (Stanford University, USA)
Michael Cusumano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Michael Jacobides (London Business School, UK)
Neil Rubens (Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia)
Ola Henfridsson (University of Miami, USA)
Paavo Ritala (LUT University, Finland)
Raul Chao (University of Virginia, USA)
Tero Ojanperä (Silo.AI, Finland)
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