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Exploring the Success Factors of Mobile Business Ecosystems


  • Juha Winter

    (Aalto University, School of Science, P. O. Box 15400, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland)

  • Sandro Battisti

    (Bruno Kessler Foundation Center for Information and Communication Technology, Via Sommarive 18, 38123, Trento, Italy)

  • Thommie Burström

    (Hanken School of Economics, P. O. Box 479, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland)

  • Sakari Luukkainen

    (Aalto University, School of Science, P. O. Box 15400, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland)


Mobile business ecosystems are based on product innovations and complements created on platforms facilitating transactions between groups of users in a multi-sided market. The purpose of this research is to present a model of success factors (SF) of mobile ecosystems. This research establishes an empirical framework based on the Android ecosystem, which has been analyzed in-depth on firm and ecosystem level, identifying 16 success factors. The main theoretical contribution is a model that identifies SF of platforms, which are related to the identification of the role of users and complementors in increasing innovation success. The model advances research in innovation platforms.

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  • Juha Winter & Sandro Battisti & Thommie Burström & Sakari Luukkainen, 2018. "Exploring the Success Factors of Mobile Business Ecosystems," International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 15(03), pages 1-23, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijitmx:v:15:y:2018:i:03:n:s0219877018500268
    DOI: 10.1142/S0219877018500268

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