Digital Platform Innovation: Concepts in Search of Clarity

Schedule and location

Wednesday October 21st, 9 am - 5 pm
Aalto University BIZ (Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki), main building, room A305


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Prof. Carsten SørensenThe London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.


 The technical process of digitizing analogue data into digital bit-streams and the associated socio-technical processes of digitalisation has yet to fully reveal their disruptive potentials – yet researchers and practitioners alike must comprehend these phenomena. The associated digital innovation brings a number of research themes to the foreground and the aim of this talk is to discuss a couple of these themes as a way of stimulating the debate on how research can provide useful insights. The study of digital platforms has a rich academic heritage to draw from, e.g., industrial innovation management, telecommunications, etc. These separate yet related bodies of research have greatly helped the formulation of the platform and ecosystem concepts. However, it is now essential that we also consider our core understanding of how digital platforms are not merely exemplars of other kind of platforms. Special focus will be drawn to the dynamic innovation relationships on digital platforms exemplified through a large-scale study of innovation of boundary resources on Apple’s iOS. 

Detailed Program

09:00-10:30   Introduction to Generative Digital Innovation

        • Digitality
        • Generativity
        • Digital Infrastructures
        • Innovation Paradoxes

10:30-11:00   Coffee break
11:00-12:00   The Dynamics of Digital Platform Innovation 

        • Digital Platforms
        • Smartphone App Platforms
        • Boundary Resources
        • Distributed Tuning

12:00-13:00   Lunch
13:00-14:30   Digital Innovation Discussion

        • Establishing core concepts
        • Academic Agility under Generative Digital Innovation

14:30-15:00   Tea break
15:00-16:00   Small group exercise
16:00-16.30   Reports from exercise and discussion
16:30-17:00   Closing remarks

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 1 credit point. Participants will be required to actively participate in the discussions and group work, as well as keeping a learning diary. 

Materials and pre-readings

There are required and strongly recommended pre-readings for this seminar. The list of readings will be delivered you after the registration has been closed. If you wish to receive it earlier, please ask for it from the office ( 

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 500 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.