PhD defence: Kalina Stefanova Staykova

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Kalina Stefanova Staykova has submitted her thesis entitled: Generative Mechanisms for Digital Platform Ecosystem Evolution

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 13:00 to 15:00

Despite their growing economic importance and rapid proliferation across various industries, successful digital platform ecosystems remain difficult to build and sustain over time. Facing internal and external challenges stemming from the turbulent and uncertain environment, in which they operate, and from the accumulated over time internal inefficiencies, digital platform ecosystems need to evolve and adapt rapidly. Despite the importance of understanding how and why this evolutionary process occurs, research on this topic has remained elusive. Building upon the notion of generative mechanisms, this PhD dissertation seeks to unravel the various mechanisms, which contingently shape the evolution of digital platform ecosystems. To this end, this research investigates the evolutionary process from three theoretical perspectives – Punctuated Equilibrium, Dialectical and Teleological, and by adopting multi-method approach. As a result, the PhD dissertation puts forward three process theories, each characterized by distinctive generative mechanisms, which collectively provide in-depth insights how digital platform ecosystems evolve over time in response to internal and external challenges.
Primary Supervisor:
Professor Jan Damsgaard
Department of Digitalization
Copenhagen Business School
Secondary Supervisor:

Professor MSO Che-Wee Tan
Department of Digitalization
Copenhagen Business School
Assessment Committee:
Professor Ioanna Constantiou (Chair)
Department of Digitalization
Copenhagen Business School
Professor Ola Henfridsson
Information Systems and Management
Warwick Business School
Professor Daniel Veit
Information Systems and Management at the Department of Business Administration
University of Augsburg
The thesis will be available here

The Doctoral School of Business and Management will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in DIGI’s common area at Howitzvej 60 on the 4th floor.

Organised by The Doctoral School of Business and Management
Date 8 February 2018
Time 13.00-15.00
Location Copenhagen Business School
Kilevej 14A
2000 Frederiksberg


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