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Lead Users’ Innovative Work Behavior in Digital Platform Ecosystems: A Large Scale Study of App Developers

  • Application developers constitute an important part of a digital platform’s ecosystem. Knowledge about psychological processes that drive developer behavior in platform ecosystems is scarce. We build on the lead userness construct which comprises two dimensions, trend leadership and high expected benefits from a solution, to explain how developers’ innovative work behavior (IWB) is stimulated. We employ an efficiencyoriented and a social-political perspective to investigate the relationship between lead userness and IWB. The efficiency-oriented view resonates well with the expected benefit dimension of lead userness, while the social-political view might be interpreted as a reflection of trend leadership. Using structural equation modeling, we test our model with a sample of over 400 developers from three platform ecosystems. We find that lead userness is indirectly associated with IWB and the performance-enhancing view to be the stronger predictor of IWB. Finally, we unravel differences between paid and unpaid app developers in platform ecosystems.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Mario Schaarschmidt, Klaas-Jan Stol, Gianfranco Walsh, Matthias Bertram
Parent Title (English):ICIS 2019: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Information Systems, Munich, Germany, 15-18 December
Publisher:AIS eLibrary
Date of first publication:2019/11/11
Submission status:Forthcoming
Tag:Lead userness; digital platform ecosystem; innovative work behavior; structural equation modeling
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 005 Computerprogrammierung, Programme, Daten
Entry in this database:2019/10/08