Managing the Dynamics of Platforms and Ecosystems (HICSS minitrack) on Jan 5

We are delighted to invite you to join our HICSS-55 minitrack session about ‘Managing the Dynamics of Platforms and Ecosystems’ on January 5th at 6 PM (CET) The minitrack follows six years of successful exploration of platform and ecosystems since HICSS-49.

About the online session

During the two-hour session, we have invited authors and speakers from industry to reflect on the dynamics of platforms and ecosystems. 

Among others, we have invited Tero Ojanperä to speak about designing platforms in the domain of Artificial Intelligence. Among many achievements, Tero has cofounded Silo.AI, the largest AI service provider in the Nordics. Since the beginning of 2021, he also holds the position as professor of practice on Intelligent Platforms at Aalto University. 

His talk will be accompanied by highly interactive panel sessions with the author groups who submitted their fantastic work to the minitrack. We are very pleased to welcome Rahul Basole (Managing Director and Global Lead for Visual Data Science at Accenture AI) and Martha Russell (Executive Director of Stanford University MediaX) to reflect on the insights from our panels.

Session 1:  “Infrastructures and the dynamics towards and beyond the platform economy”

  • Heshmatisafa et al.: Visualizing the Maturing Global API Ecosystem
  • Seidel et al.: Designing the Metaverse
  • Hermes et al.: Essential Platform Infrastructure and the Need for Regulation (best paper nomination of the minitrack)

Session 2: “Dynamics between platform providers and complementors”

  • Saroniemi et al.: Vertical Integration of Digital Platforms in the Agricultural Industry
    Halckenhaeusser et al.: Comparing Platform Core Features with Third-Party Complements. Machine-Learning Evidence from Apple iOS
  • Sobota et al.:  Complementor participation in platforms: Evidence from the 7th and 8th Generations of Video Game Consoles
  • Blotenberg et al: Producing Generative Digital Data Objects: An Empirical Study on COVID-19 Data Flows in Online Communities
  • Alsahli and Bantan: Uncertainty in Digital Platforms and Ecosystems: The Dynamic Interplay Between Knowledge Problems

Session 3:  “Designing platforms to govern dynamics”

  • Michalke et al.: Design Principles for Engagement Platforms – Design Knowledge on Fostering Value Co-Creation
  • Floetgen et al.: B2B App Store Governance in Software Platform Ecosystems: Dimensions and Types
  • Sobota et al.:  What’s the tally? An Investigation into the Field(s) of Dominant Designs and Platforms


It is well understood that, in order to compete and survive, organizations have to consider platform- and ecosystem-centric perspectives (Parker et al. 2016; de Reuver 2018; McIntyre et al. 2020). Today, digital technologies shape firm identities, physical and digital resources merge, and even traditionally physical industries become “digital first” (e.g., Wessel et al. 2021, Baskerville et al. 2020). Platforms and ecosystems play a central role in the rapid emergence and proliferation of the technologies that afford this digital transformation, e.g., human-machine ecosystems, digital twins, cloud services, artificial intelligence, 5G.

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 the dynamic and evolutionary aspects of platform and ecosystem management (e.g., de Reuver 2018; Gawer 2020). Building on last year’s experience, we seek contributions that focus on the “dynamic” aspects of platforms and ecosystems. How do platforms and ecosystems emerge and what are the mechanisms driving their evolution? How do platforms and ecosystems adapt to changes in the technological, social, economic, ecologic, or political environment? How can specific platform and ecosystem actors succeed within these dynamics and manage even unintended consequences?


Hannes Rothe
Freie Universität Berlin

Kaisa Still
University of Oulu

Jukka Huhtamäki
Tampere University

Advisory Committee

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)
Timo Ali-Vehmas

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