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Competing logics: Towards a theory of digital platforms for socio-economic development
conference contributionposted on 2020-06-12, 13:31 authored by Silvia Masiero, Brian Nicholson
Extant literature on digital platforms is predominantly centred on the Global North, resulting in a paucity of research on the implications of digital platforms for developing countries. Against this backdrop, a recent research stream has focused on digital platforms in developing country contexts, with a view of understanding the affordances and limits of platforms as a route to socio-economic development. This paper seeks to contribute to this nascent literature, unpacking a human-centred development logic as an alternative to the market logic that animates most of the platforms discourse and relying on it to lay the foundations for an emerging theory of platforms for development. Two sub-linkages, centred respectively on platforms’ openness and modularity, are conceptualised and illustrated with examples from empirical research. This work has implications for the emerging literature on digital platforms for development, and for theorising platforms in the context of information systems and societal challenges.
- Business and Economics
Published inInformation and Communication Technologies for Development
Source16th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D 2020)
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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Publisher statementThis is a pre-copyedited version of a contribution published in Information and Communication Technologies for Development edited by Julian M. Bass and P. J. Wall published by Springer. The definitive authenticated version is available online via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65828-1_1.
ISBN9783030658274; 9783030658281; 9783030658304
Book seriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; 587