From Point to Path, The Role of Innovation Trajectory in Application Development

Yusheng Zhou, Jiantao Zhu, Bingqing Xiong, Eric T.K. Lim, Chee-Wee Tan

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Digital innovation research rarely examines the effects of innovation through the lens of application innovation as an evolutionary process. By scrutinizing the performance of applications in a highly competitive market, we classify application innovations and investigate their effects on performance in an application market. Advancing the concept of innovation trajectories whereby each innovation is regarded as a state and that continuous update to the same application constitute a state transition, we distinguish among four types of application innovation trajectories and put forth hypotheses regarding their varying effects on application performance metrics such as downloads and ratings. Insights derived from this study can be harnessed by app developers to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive marketplace through purposeful calibration of their innovation trajectory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2023 Proceedings
EditorsPatrick Chau, Jack Jing, Mikko Siponen, Andrew Burton-Jones, Chuan-Hoo Tan, Bo Sophia Xiao
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2023
Article number202
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 27th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2023 - Nanchang, China
Duration: 8 Jul 202312 Jul 2023
Conference number: 27


ConferenceThe 27th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2023
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  • Digital innovation
  • Application updates
  • Innovation trajectories
  • Application performance

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