Towards an Integrated View of Multi-sided Platforms Evolution

Kalina Stefanova Staykova, Jan Damsgaard

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How do Multi-Sided Platforms (MSPs) evolve over time? Although MSPs are perceived as highly evolvable socio-technical systems, Platform Evolution remains an elusive topic in the MSP literature with many unanswered questions. In particular, Platform Evolution (PE) as a concept has not been explicitly defined in the MSP literature. Rather, there is multiplicity of views, which contributes to the lack of conceptual clarity. In order to address this shortcoming, we put forward a new, integrated conceptualization of PE as a complex, multi-faceted and dynamic process. Rather than proposing yet another view on PE, we adopt a “concept reconstruction” approach, which allows us to integrate the existing work on PE in a coherent manner, and to propose a comprehensive conceptualization of PE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIS 2017 Proceedings
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation - Coex Convention Center , Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201713 Dec 2017
Conference number: 38


ConferenceICIS 2017
LocationCoex Convention Center
CountryKorea, Republic of
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems


  • Multi-sided platforms
  • Platform evolution
  • Hermeneutic literature review

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