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The Inter-organizational Dynamics of a Platform Ecosystem: Exploring Stakeholder Boundaries
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Swedish Center for Digital Innovation)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Swedish Center for Digital Innovation)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2016 (English)In: 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, IEEE Computer Society, 2016, 5167-5176 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Internet of Things (IoT) creates a myriad of new business opportunities that focus on collecting, transmitting, and analyzing product data. IoT collaborations bring together diverse firms with separate skill-sets that both produce and utilize digitized data to co-create value. While previous research has explored the technical implications of IoT in great detail, it has largely ignored the business implications of such endeavors. In this paper, we focus on the early stages of the emerging inter-organizational relationships that IoT enables and ask the question: How can the inter-organizational dynamics between disparate actors in an IoT ecosystem be perceived and understood? By conducting a qualitative case study and tracing four types of organizational boundaries: efficiency, power, competence and identity, we show how firm boundaries are emergent, dynamic, and constantly negotiated between firms. Allowing for and understanding this relational interplay is crucial in order for IoT ecosystems to thrive and grow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society, 2016. 5167-5176 p.
Series
, Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ISSN 1060-3425
Keyword [en]
Internet of Things, Organizational Boundaries, Platform Ecosystems, Case Study
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114440DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.639ISI: 000377358205025ISBN: 978-0-7695-5670-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-114440DiVA: diva2:895446
Conference
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 5-8, 2016, Grand Hyatt Kauai
Funder
VINNOVA, 2014-05143
Note

This research is partially financed by the Vinnova project "Uppkopplade Professionella Produkter – Tekniska & Affärsmässiga behov (UPPTA)".

Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2016-07-11Bibliographically approved

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