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6th Innovation in Information Infrastructures Workshop @ University of Surrey

  • 1.  6th Innovation in Information Infrastructures Workshop @ University of Surrey

    Posted 05-01-2019 08:00
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    CALL FOR PAPERS for the 6th edition of the Innovation in Information Infrastructures Workshop which will be held on 18-20 September 2019 at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

    For the 2019 edition of the workshop we will welcome contributions on the general theme of Innovation of Information Infrastructures and on the theme of Platform Ecosystems and Information Infrastructures.

    Short papers (3-4 pages) 
    can be submitted on EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iii2019

    Deadline for submission is on 11th of June 2019.

    The University of Surrey is located in Guildford, Surrey, a 35 min train ride from London.

    The 6th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop will focus on the relationship between Platform Ecosystems and Information Infrastructures. The term ecosystem generally refers to a group of interacting organizations that depend on each other's activities (Jacobides et al. 2018). Platform ecosystems are the structures of complementary roles, resources and activities between a group of organizations that are not reducible to the sum of their bilateral connections (Adner 2017; Jacobides et al 2018; Kapoor 2018). Yet, in the digital economy, platform ecosystems largely depend on and are enabled by existing information infrastructures. Although digital infrastructures have a key role in developing ecosystem complementarities the conceptual and empirical evidence around the phenomenon is scarce.

    How do existing infrastructures facilitate the emergence of platform ecosystems? We know that properties and characteristics of digital infrastructures enable the reconfigurability and reprogrammability of products and platforms after the point of production (Henfridsson et al. 2018; Kallinikos et al. 2013; Yoo et al. 2010). What role does this play in enabling interorganization complementarities and spurring digital innovation? (Holmström 2018; Monteiro 2018).

    We encourage conceptualizations of the relation between Platform Ecosystems and Information Infrastructures. We are also interested in empirical contributions that trace the dynamic relationship between infrastructures, ecosystems and platforms in different empirical settings and theoretical contributions that conceptualize the transformation of digital infrastructures into platforms or into platform ecosystems and vice versa (de Reuver et al. 2016; Gawer 2014;Hanseth and Bygstad 2018; Helmond 2015; Kornberger et al. 2017; Plantin et al. 2018; Rolland et al. 2018; Zittrain 2008). The ubiquitous presence of mega platform ecosystems working as infrastructures across industries, such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, calls for innovative conceptual toolkits and imaginative approaches to research. It also asks to account for the importance of data exchange and the infrastructural work sustaining it (Alaimo and Kallinikos 2017; Gerlitz and Helmond 2013; Nieborg and Helmond 2018).

    We call for contributions that focus on either the special theme of Platform Ecosystems and Information Infrastructures or the general theme of Innovation in Information Infrastructures based on empirical research in relevant settings. We anticipate contributions which draw from different empirical settings. We also encourage cross-disciplinary contributions and different disciplinary approaches.

    We call for contributions related, but not limited to, the following themes:

    • Platform Ecosystems and Information Infrastructures
    • The platformization of existing infrastructures
    • The infrastructuring of platforms
    • Transformation in digital infrastructures
    • Emergence of mega platform ecosystems and the role of information infrastructures
    • The design, development and implementation of information infrastructures in different empirical settings (e.g. e-health, e-justice, digital advertising, video gaming, e-finance)
    • The governance and control of information infrastructures
    • Information infrastructure standards
    • Market infrastructures
    • Methodological challenges in studying information infrastructures and large platform ecosystems

    Info and contact: Dr Cristina Alaimo iii2019@easychair.org

    c.alaimo@surrey.ac.uk

    Dr Cristina Alaimo
    Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Digital Economy, Department of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation | Centre of Digital Economy | Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/cristina-alaimo  T: +44 (0)1483 68 3047 E: c.alaimo@surrey.ac.uk  Twitter: @cristina_alaimo



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    Prof. Annabelle Gawer
    Chaired Professor in Digital Economy
    Director, Centre of the Digital Economy (CoDE)
    Head, Department of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

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