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Coordination Dynamics in Open-Source Based Platforms: “The Symbian Foundation Case”
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Coordination Dynamics in Open-Source Based Platforms (English)
Abstract [en]

Industry platforms, particularly open-source based platforms are emerging as the tipping point of a new trend of interoganizational relationships among firms. They are characterized by a large number of actors with different objectives that come and go. However in order to reap the benefits of network effects, reduce fragmentation and get access to a large pool of resources, coordination dynamics within the different actors to create and innovate the platform are needed.

As opposed to traditional literature where a single firm leads the evolution of the platform, a more democratic approach based on the institutionalization of coordination, the implementation of coordination processes and mechanisms is proposed. A study in the form of interviews and interactive forums was carried in the Symbian Platform, specifically in the Symbian Foundation to identify the main coordination dynamics.

The results showed that in the case of the Symbian Platform, firms´ first step towards coordination was to establish the formal structure of coordination, in this case the Symbian Foundation. Consequently the Symbian Foundation established the processes and coordination mechanisms by which all of the actors participate and access to a pool of resources. The study describes the evolution from democratic coordination to an increasing selfcoordination promoted by the Symbian Foundation within its members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 98 p.
Keyword [en]
Open-Source Based Platforms, Coordination, Interoganizational Relationships, Coordination Mechanisms, Coordination Processes
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62270ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--10/00765—SEOAI: diva2:372459
Subject / course
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats i Företagsekonomi)
2010-06-07, 14:14 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2010-11-25 Last updated: 2011-09-21Bibliographically approved

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