Conference Theme Track
The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. As the Internet grows and evolves, our world has become increasingly interconnected. It started with the connections among computers, followed by those of mobile phones, and increasingly by other digital devices and objects to constitute the “Internet of Things,” linking people, groups, and organizations, and bridging communities, nations, and societies. These interconnected resources, actors, and their actions have spawned numerous innovative technologies, applications, products, and services. The relationships among the interconnected resources and actors mimic the interdependent and coevolving species in an ecological system. Therefore, the sets of interconnected entities involved in developing and utilizing innovations are often called “innovation ecosystems.”

There are different types of innovation ecosystems. Firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple cultivate their own ecosystems consisting of app developers, accessory makers, content providers, and end users, all innovating with these firms’ respective foundational products or technologies, as platforms. Others, including nonprofits, companies, academic institutions, government agencies, and so on, are interacting with each other to develop and spread innovations in specific product/service categories, sectors, or geographical regions (such as in the ecosystems for cloud computing, healthcare, or the Silicon Valley, respectively).

Regardless of their different emphases and scopes, all innovation ecosystems share the same heart – Information Systems (IS) powered by digital technologies. IS are essential to all innovation ecosystems not only because IS collect, process, and archive data and information as indispensable “nutrients nourishing” the members of the ecosystems, but also because IS can vastly reduce the cost of coordination among interdependent entities in the ecosystems. Most importantly, the very innovation in each ecosystem is enabled by IS. Without digital technologies, business processes, and the developers and operators that comprise IS in Twitter or Uber, for instance, innovative social media or ride-hailing services that these companies offer respectively would not have been possible.

From this premise, important questions arise at the nexus between IS and innovation ecosystems. Foremost, while natural ecosystems are confined by geographical boundaries, innovation ecosystems enabled by digital technologies do not have clearly defined boundaries, presenting challenges for both practice and theorization. What does membership of an innovation ecosystem entail? How to properly define the fuzzy and dynamic boundaries of an innovation ecosystem? Second, diverse entities such as resources, actors, and artifacts coexist in an innovation ecosystem and these entities interact through different processes. How to monitor and measure the changes in the structure of an innovation ecosystem? What structure of an innovation ecosystem is efficient? Should IS architecture and ecosystem structure be aligned for optimal system performance? Third, what are the performance criteria of an innovation ecosystem and how to measure performance? How can IS help monitor and enhance ecosystem performance? Lastly, in order to achieve optimal performance, an innovation ecosystem must be healthy, internally maintaining member contributions and system services in equilibrium, and externally buffering against changes in the environment. What internal and external factors influence the health of an innovation ecosystem? How can IS moderate such influences or shape the ecosystem’s health? Many other questions about the relationship between IS and innovation ecosystems remain underexplored or unanswered.

Track Chairs
Stefan Henningsson
Eric T.K. Lim
Ping Wang
Schedule

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Becoming Ready for Internationalization: The Role of Platformization in the LEGO Group

Robert Lorenz Törmer, Copenhagen Business School

Development Dynamics of Digital Infrastructure and Organization: The Case of Global Payments Innovation

Juan Giraldo-Mora, Copenhagen Business School
Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School
Jonas Hedman, Copenhagen Business School

Ecosystem Change in the Era of Digital Innovation – A Longitudinal Analysis and Visualization of the Automotive Ecosystem

Fabian Nischak, University of Göttingen
André Hanelt, University of Kassel

Evolution of Platform-based Open Source Ecosystems: Uncovering Socio-Technical Dynamics Using Digital Traces

Mario Müller, University of Cologne
Phil Diegmann, University of Cologne
Christoph Rosenkranz, University of Cologne

Growth, Complexity, and Generativity of Digital Platforms: The Case of Otto.de

Daniel Fuerstenau, Freie Universität Berlin
Hannes Rothe, Freie Universität Berlin
Abayomi Baiyere (AB), Copenhagen Business School
Matthias Schulte-Althoff, Freie Universität Berlin
Dieter Masak, Plenum AG
Kai Schewina, Freie Universität Berlin
Daria Anisimova, Freie Universität Berlin

Hardware-layer Dynamics in Mobile Platform Ecosystems: The Case of Apple’s iPhone Aftermarket

Roman Zeiss, University of Cologne
Jan Recker, University of Cologne
Mario Müller, University of Cologne

How Story Works in Mobile App Stores? Exploring the Same-Side Effect from the Storytelling Perspective

Bingqing Xiong, University of Science and Technology of China
Mengyao Fu, City University of Hong Kong
Weiquan Wang, City University of Hong Kong

Lead Users’ Innovative Work Behavior in Digital Platform Ecosystems: A Large Scale Study of App Developers

Mario Schaarschmidt, University of Koblenz-Landau
Klaas-Jan Stol, University College Cork
Gianfranco Walsh, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Matthias Bertram, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Platform Coring in the Browser Domain - An Exploratory Study

Benedict Bender, University of Potsdam
Christof Thim, University of Potsdam
Felix Linke, University of Potsdam

Taming Rivalry: Reciprocity in Governing Digital Semi-Commons

George Kuk, Nottingham Trent University
Joel West, Keck Graduate Institute

Tensions in Digital Platform Business Models: A Literature Review

Tobias Mini, University of Passau
Thomas Widjaja, University of Passau

The Impact of Digital Platform Rapid Release Strategy on App Update Behavior: An Empirical Study of Firefox

Dan LUO, City University of Hong Kong
Yulin Fang, City University of Hong Kong
Peijian Song, Nanjing University
Chong (Alex) Wang, Peking University Guanghua School of Management

The Impact of Platform Entry Strategies on the Quality of Complements in Multihoming

Chengcheng Kang, University of Warwick
Aleksi Aaltonen, Temple University
Ola Henfridsson, Warwick Business School

The Influence of Digital Affordances and Generativity on Digital Platform Leadership

Andreas Hein, Technical University of Munich
David Soto Setzke, Technical University of Munich
Sebastian Hermes, Technical University of Munich
Jörg Weking, Technical University of Munich

Towards Open Production: Designing a marketplace for 3D-printing capacities

Nikolai Stein, Julius-Maximilians-University
Benedikt Walter, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
Christoph Flath, Julius-Maximilians-University