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Wealthy, healthy and/or happy —what does ‘ecosystem health’ stand for?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2015; Braga; Portugal; 10 June 2015 through 12 June 2015
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319195926
Publication statusPublished - 2015
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 → …


The health of a software ecosystem is argued to be a key indicator of well-being, longevity and performance of a network of companies. In this paper, we address what scientific literature actually means with the concept of ‘ecosystem health’ by selecting relevant articles with systematic literature review. Based on the final set of 38 papers, we found that despite a common base, the term has been used to depict a wide range of hoped characteristics of a software ecosystem. However, the number of studies addressing the topic is shown to grow while empirical studies are still rare. Thus, further studies should aim to standardize the terminology and concepts in order to create a common base for future work. Further work is needed also to develop early indicators that warn and guides companies on problems with their ecosystems.


  • Business ecosystem, Ecosystem health, Software ecosystem, Systematic literature study

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland