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Individual People as Champions in Building an Emerging Software Ecosystem

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Business
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, ICSOB 2018, Tallinn, Estonia, June 11–12, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsKrzysztof Wnuk, Sjaak Brinkkemper
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-04840-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-04839-6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference of Software Business -
Duration: 11 Jun 201812 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


ConferenceInternational Conference of Software Business


An increasing amount of software service providers tend to evolve their platforms into business ecosystems. In the mainstream of extant literature, the ecosystems have been seen as an interconnected system of organizations, mainly ignoring the individual level. However, some previous studies have suggested that collaboration—such as building a new ecosystem—may be depending on individual key persons who are development-oriented and capable of seeing the ecosystem’s value potential already in its early phases. Based on the results of a single-case study, this short paper proposes a new conversation on an unexplored area of key persons as enablers—‘champions’—for a new ecosystem creation. The empirical analysis was based on a single case study on a recently launched new software business ecosystem. As a result, four different capability areas and six, partly overlapping, roles for a champion, were identified. In future work, the findings on individual’s roles and required capabilities may provide fruitful research avenues to understand better the process of emergence of new ecosystems.

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