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Governing third-party development through platform boundary resources
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Informatics.
Viktoria Institute & University of Oslo.
2010 (English)In: ICIS 2010 Proceedings, AIS: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) , 2010, p. 1-18Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Third-party development is increasingly relevant for software platform owners seeking to generatecomplementary assets in the form of applications. The governance of such development involvestwo seemingly conflicting goals: the maintenance of platform control and the transfer of designcapability to users. A key element in simultaneously accommodating these goals is platformboundary resources. However, so far, there is a dearth of theoretical accounts of the role ofboundary resources and the process by which such resources can be used to govern third-partydevelopment. Drawing on case study research of Apple’s iPhone developer program, wesynthesize boundary objects theory and innovation networks literature to develop a processperspective of third-party development governance through boundary resources. In doing this, ourresearch extends and complements existing governance literature and contributes new knowledgeabout an alternative form of system development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
AIS: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) , 2010. p. 1-18
Series
ICIS 2010 Proceedings ; 48
Keywords [en]
Third-party development, governance, boundary resources, platform, innovation, innovation networks, boundary object.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14028DiVA, id: diva2:381010
Conference
the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
Available from: 2011-01-07 Created: 2010-12-22 Last updated: 2012-11-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Towards a Boundary Resources Theory of Software Platforms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Boundary Resources Theory of Software Platforms
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The last few years have witnessed a significant increase in the frequency and magnitude of involving third-party application developers in software platforms. While this involvement offers great opportunities in building and sustaining platform innovation, it also exposes platform owners to significant challenges. Typically, platform owners facilitate the involvement of third-party developers by providing resources, referred to in this thesis as boundary resources, that give access to the platform, shift design capability, and facilitate the use of the platform’s core technologies. At the same time, these resources have the potential to be used to maintain platform control. This involves seemingly conflicting goals that creates a challenge for platform owners in finding the right balance.

The main objective of this thesis is to investigate and understand the role of boundary resources in platform owners’ efforts to stimulate third-party development. To this end, this thesis proposes a theoretical model of boundary resources. This model centres on various drivers behind boundary resources design and use, and how these drivers interact in third-party development. The thesis also presents a comprehensive view of governance and strategizing practices used by platform owners through boundary resources. This thesis comprises a cover and a collection of five published research papers. The thesis applies a qualitative research method and employs multiple case studies. Boundary resources, innovation networks and platform governance perspectives have been synthesized to build a theoretical  basis to analyze the empirical findings.

This thesis complements and extends the literature on software platforms, and the insights derived from the thesis enhance previous research on third-party development. In addition, it provides a focused theoretical account of the interfaces between platform owners and third-party developers that contributes to the body of knowledge developed around using tools for innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping International Business School, 2012. p. 207
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 085
Keywords
software platforms, third-party development, boundary resources, innovation networks, resourcing, securing, governance
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19820 (URN)978-91-86345-38-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-12-06, B1014, Högskoleområdet Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, 13:00
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Supervisors
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-11-14 Last updated: 2013-04-19Bibliographically approved

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