Business as usual? On the nature of relationships in enterprise software platform ecosystems

Sabine Molenaar, Martijn van Vliet, Luc Beelen, Slinger Jansen

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review


To obtain measurable benefit from an ecosystem, partners need to overcome the challenges they face when they join. This research aims to provide insight into whether partners are influenced by the keystone through power forms and how the partners perceive these influences. Subsequently, this research identifies possible perceived software ecosystem benefits and disadvantages that these partners experience after joining. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with both a keystone company and multiple partners within a single ecosystem. The most frequently observed power forms are reward and legitimate power. Finally, various SECO benefits and disadvantages have been identified for each partner. Thus, this research contributes to an improved understanding of partner-keystone dynamics within a single software ecosystem and provides insights beneficial to the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-56
Number of pages17
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event1st International Workshop on Software-Intensive Business: Start-Ups, Ecosystems and Platforms, SiBW 2018 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 3 Dec 2018 → …


  • Case study
  • Disadvantages
  • Power forms
  • Relationships
  • SECO benefits
  • Software ecosystems


Dive into the research topics of 'Business as usual? On the nature of relationships in enterprise software platform ecosystems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this