Managing the Dark Side of Software Ecosystems

9 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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Dominik Dellermann

Darwin; vencortex; University of St Gallen

Christopher Jud

University of Stuttgart

Nikolaus Lipusch

University of Kassel - Information Systems; University of St. Gallen

Karl Michael Popp


Date Written: September 7, 2018


The emergence of platforms is significantly changing the organizing logic of software development. Platform owners are increasingly engaging vibrant ecosystems around their platform to foster third-party innovation. Despite all the potential benefits for complementors, however, innovation in platform ecosystems also introduced essential new risks that remain under investigated. To discover the complementors ́ risk in software ecosystems we utilize 21 interviews and 42 survey respondents to examine risk and governance mechanisms such as control structures and architectural choices to handle such.

Keywords: Risk, Software Ecosystems, Platforms, Governance, Control

JEL Classification: 032

Suggested Citation

Dellermann, Dominik and Jud, Christopher and Lipusch, Nikolaus and Popp, Karl Michael, Managing the Dark Side of Software Ecosystems (September 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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Nikolaus Lipusch

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Karl Michael Popp

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