Digital business ecosystem: literature review and a framework for future research

Prince Kwame Senyo, Kecheng Liu, John Effah

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    Digital innovation has radically changed how organisations collaborate and compete. Coupled with this change are new collaborative value creation networks such as digital business ecosystems (DBEs). DBE is a socio-technical network of individuals, organisations and technologies that collectively co-create value. Since the emergence of DBE over a decade ago, there have been limited attempts to critically review and synthesise the body of knowledge presented over the years. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to fill this gap in DBE research by: (1) developing a comprehensive framework that synthesises and provides an overall direction of DBE research; (2) pointing out gaps in DBE literature; and (3) providing future research directions. To address this purpose, we systematically analysed 101 research articles on DBE. The findings provide insightful revelations to address some limitations in the current DBE research. As such, this study makes important contributions and serves as a useful resource for future DBE studies and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-64
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
    Early online date11 Jan 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


    • Digital business ecosystem (DBE)
    • Systematic literature review
    • Framework
    • Future research
    • Grounded theory


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