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Competing logics: Towards a theory of digital platforms for socio-economic development

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posted on 12.06.2020, 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.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Pages

3-13

Source

16th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D 2020)

Publisher

Springer

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing

Publisher statement

This 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.

Publication date

2020-12-23

Copyright date

2020

ISBN

9783030658274; 9783030658281; 9783030658304

Book series

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; 587

Language

en

Editor(s)

Julian M. Bass; P. J. Wall

Location

University of Salford, UK (Virtual)

Event dates

10th June 2020 - 11th June 2020

Depositor

Dr Silvia Masiero Deposit date: 11 June 2020