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The power of platforms for software development in open innovation networks
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, ISSN 1470-9503, Vol. 9, no 2, 140-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Firms seeking to satisfy customer needs should not only rely oninternal but also external sources of innovations for the development of theirproducts and services. Consequently, they need to shift their centralisedbusiness approaches by adopting the paradigm of open innovation and theconcept of platforms to harness the value of innovation networks. The aim ofthis paper is to examine the nature of platforms and how their adoption canstimulate external contributions of third-party developers. Based on the analysiswhich illustrated three platform adoption examples from Apple, Facebook andTwitter it is found that a platform approach and its four main elements(components, knowledge, processes and people) affect the entire innovationnetwork and its two dimension of translations. It is also found that each of thethree firms applied its own particular strategy while adopting the four mainplatform elements to suit its own innovation networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd , 2011. Vol. 9, no 2, 140-154 p.
Keyword [en]
innovation; platform; product platform; innovation networks; open innovation; iPhone; Twitter; Facebook.
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15741DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2011.042415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-15741DiVA: diva2:432946
Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2012-11-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Towards a Boundary Resources Theory of Software Platforms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Boundary Resources Theory of Software Platforms
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The last few years have witnessed a significant increase in the frequency and magnitude of involving third-party application developers in software platforms. While this involvement offers great opportunities in building and sustaining platform innovation, it also exposes platform owners to significant challenges. Typically, platform owners facilitate the involvement of third-party developers by providing resources, referred to in this thesis as boundary resources, that give access to the platform, shift design capability, and facilitate the use of the platform’s core technologies. At the same time, these resources have the potential to be used to maintain platform control. This involves seemingly conflicting goals that creates a challenge for platform owners in finding the right balance.

The main objective of this thesis is to investigate and understand the role of boundary resources in platform owners’ efforts to stimulate third-party development. To this end, this thesis proposes a theoretical model of boundary resources. This model centres on various drivers behind boundary resources design and use, and how these drivers interact in third-party development. The thesis also presents a comprehensive view of governance and strategizing practices used by platform owners through boundary resources. This thesis comprises a cover and a collection of five published research papers. The thesis applies a qualitative research method and employs multiple case studies. Boundary resources, innovation networks and platform governance perspectives have been synthesized to build a theoretical  basis to analyze the empirical findings.

This thesis complements and extends the literature on software platforms, and the insights derived from the thesis enhance previous research on third-party development. In addition, it provides a focused theoretical account of the interfaces between platform owners and third-party developers that contributes to the body of knowledge developed around using tools for innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping International Business School, 2012. 207 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 085
Keyword
software platforms, third-party development, boundary resources, innovation networks, resourcing, securing, governance
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19820 (URN)978-91-86345-38-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-12-06, B1014, Högskoleområdet Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, 13:00
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Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-11-14 Last updated: 2013-04-19Bibliographically approved

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