Digital platform ecosystems are at the core of several of the world’s most valuable companies and constitute a strongly growing but fragmented research area at the intersection of multiple research streams such as IS, economics, marketing, strategy and technology management. To date, prior research mainly examines individual constructs and their interrelations in an isolated fashion, with no holistic synthesis of the field’s empirical evidence. Addressing this gap, we surveyed 97 empiri-cal studies in top IS and management journals, extracting all variables and causal links between them. Variables were then aggregated to 51 recurring constructs on seven micro (individual enti-ty) and macro (ecosystem and market) levels of analysis and causal links between them were sum-marised. We contribute a nomological network of DPE research and present three future research avenues: an emergent multi-level perspective, complex dynamics, and studying the heterogeneity of the field to further bridge its isolated insights.
Floetgen, Rob Jago; Novotny, Marcus Alexander; Urmetzer, Florian; and Böhm, Markus, "Connecting the Dots of Digital Platform Ecosystem Research: Constructs, Causal Links and Future Research" (2021). ECIS 2021 Research Papers. 53.
When commenting on articles, please be friendly, welcoming, respectful and abide by the AIS eLibrary Discussion Thread Code of Conduct posted here.