ECIS 2020 Research Papers


The support and scaling up of successful sustainable development and nature conservation practices is a major challenge that needs to be addressed to support a smoother transition to a more sustainable society. In this paper, we present an exploratory case study of the global learning partnership “PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet”, which develops and maintains a digital platform that aims to support this transformation by facilitating bottom-up learning from successful practitioner initiatives. We investigate how to leverage the developmental potential of digital platforms such as PANORAMA in an effort to shed a light on digital platforms in a heretofore underexplored context. We find that PANORAMA use of a layered governance model enables it to better align its platform offering with the goals and needs of stakeholders. Moreover, we find that PANORAMA’s method for facilitating bottomup learning from successful practitioner initiatives produces artefacts that are perceived to be useful by a variety of stakeholders and, thus, are another ingredient that helps PANORAMA leverage its developmental potential. Our work contributes a relevant problem class in the context of global development as well as an associated framework for its study that can inform a systematic program of future research. In addition, we contribute first insights that can inform the design of such systems.



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