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Evolving Shared Platforms: An Imbrication Lens

Conference paper
Authors Fatemeh Saadatmand
Rikard Lindgren
Ulrike Schultze
Published in Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems, South Korea 2017
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Keywords Coopetitive behavior, coopetition, imbrication lens, organizational forms, technology architecture, shared platforms
Subject categories Information technology, Informatics, Business Administration

Abstract

Shared platforms form a stable foundation for the integration of digital components by heterogeneous actors. These platforms are an emergent organizational form whose members seek interoperability through technological architectures constituted of a modular core, a standardized interface, and complementary extensions. Although extant IS research on such platforms primarily emphasizes the social aspects of platforms, there is a growing literature that also takes their material aspects into account. Here our objective is to contribute to this trend in sociomaterial theorizing of platforms by undertaking an imbricational analysis of a twelve-year shared platform initiative in the Swedish Road Haulage industry. Hence, we attempt to answer the following research question: “How do the participants’ coopetitive behavior and the platform’s technology architecture reciprocally shape the evolution of a shared platform?” We identify three organizational forms that are likely to emerge in the evolution of a shared platform and assess their respective implications for platform innovation.

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