From Drift to Central Guidance: A Path Constitution Perspectivce on the Platformization on an Information Infrastructure

Robert Lorenz Törmer, Stefan Henningsson

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Responding to competitive pressures arising from digitalization, traditional companies are increasingly turning towards platform strategies to gain speed in the development of digital value propositions and overcome rigidities of pre-existing information technology landscapes. Based on a case study of the LEGO Group’s digitalization journey, this paper elaborates how brick-and-mortar companies can break away from a drifting information infrastructure and trigger its transformation into a digital platform. The case analysis conceptualizes information infrastructure evolution as a path-dependent process and develops a process model on the creation of a new ‘platformization’ path through mindful deviations by architects that guide collective action. This perspective depicts the transformation journey as a process of socio-technical path constitution that is shaped by deliberate human interventions and emergent forces from path dependencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2018 Proceedings
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event26th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2018: Beyond Digitization – Facets of Socio-Technical Change - University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
Conference number: 26


Conference26th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2018
LocationUniversity of Portsmouth
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


  • Information infrastructure transformation
  • Digital platform
  • Path constitution
  • Path dependence

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