On The Role of Module Interdependencies in Platform Evolution

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Abstrakt

Modularity of digital platforms is a two-edged sword. Too coarse, and the platform’s ability to innovate is limited while the effort needed to maintain it is immense. Conversely, too granular and structural complexity increases due to interdependencies. Using GitHub data, this study analyzes the influence and kind of dependencies among modules during phases of platform evolution in the context of the OpenStreetMap platform. Applying computational sequence analysis, the findings indicate that beyond merely co-occurring, the introduction of new functionality and the creation of dependencies are constituting parts of the platform’s evolution. The paper thus argues to revisit the role of interdependencies in platform evolution as potential drivers of incremental innovation on digital platforms. By outlining implications to IS literature, the paper demonstrates the potential of a detailed empirical account to contribute to research on digital platforms specifically and digital innovation more broadly.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelICIS 2017 Proceedings
Antal sider11
Udgivelses stedAtlanta, GA
ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publikationsdato2017
StatusUdgivet - 2017
Udgivet eksterntJa
Begivenhed38th International Conference on Information Systems 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation - Coex Convention Center , Seoul, Sydkorea
Varighed: 10 dec. 201713 dec. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 38
https://icis2017.aisnet.org/

Konference

Konference38th International Conference on Information Systems 2017
Nummer38
LokationCoex Convention Center
LandSydkorea
BySeoul
Periode10/12/201713/12/2017
Internetadresse
NavnProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
ISSN0000-0033

Emneord

  • Modularity
  • Digital platforms
  • Platform design
  • Platform evolution
  • Computational methods
  • Sequence analysis
  • Openstreetmap

Citationsformater

Hukal, P. (2017). On The Role of Module Interdependencies in Platform Evolution. I ICIS 2017 Proceedings Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems http://aisel.aisnet.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1359&context=icis2017