Growth, Complexity, and Generativity of Digital Platforms: The Case of

Daniel Fürstenau, Hannes Rothe, Abayomi Baiyere, Matthias Schulte-Althoff, Dieter Masak, Kai Schewina, Daria Anisimova

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We study the growth, complexity, and generativity of a digital platform— Through a longitudinal analysis of the company’s 65 GitHub open source repositories over a period of 6.5 years, we find a) support for a superlinear growth pattern, b) a structural split in the platform into two clusters, and c) indication that more active repositories will be more generative and in turn more popular. These findings have implications for scholars studying platform evolution as well as for companies opening up their internal IT platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
EditorsHelmut Krcmar, Jane Fedorowicz, Wai Fong Boh, Jan Marco Leimeister, Sunil Wattal
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2019
Article number2781
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019: Information Systems - The Heart of Innovation Ecosystems - International Congress Center Munich (ICM), Munich, Germany
Duration: 15 Dec 201918 Dec 2019
Conference number: 40


Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
LocationInternational Congress Center Munich (ICM)
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems


  • Digital platforms
  • Growth
  • Complexity
  • Generativity
  • Platform evolution

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