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Ecosystems Here, There, and Everywhere — A Barometrical Analysis of the Roots of ‘Software Ecosystem’

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Business
Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, ICSOB 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 13-14, 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319405148
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Software Business -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Business
Period1/01/00 → …


This study structures the ecosystem literature by using a bibliometrical approach in analysing theoretical roots of ecosystem studies. Several disciplines, such as innovation, management and software studies have established own streams in the ecosystem research. This paper reports the results of analysing 601 articles from the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database, and identifies ten separate research communities which have established their own thematic ecosystem disciplines. We show that five sub-communities have emerged inside the field of software ecosystems. The software ecosystem literature draws its theoretical background from (1) technical, (2) research methodology, (3) business, (4) management, and (5) strategy oriented disciplines. The results pave the way for future research by illustrating the existing and missing links and directions in the field of the software ecosystem.


  • Bibliometric, Business ecosystem, Software ecosystem

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland