Control Modes on Mobile Software Platforms

Empirical Studies on the Importance of Informal Control

  • Tobias Goldbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 101-110

About this book


This work highlights the importance of informal control modes on software platforms regarding their positive effects on third-party developers’ behaviors and outcomes. The author presents studies in the mobile software industry, demonstrating how self-control and clan control positively affect developers’ outcome performance, app quality and intentions to stay on software platforms. Moreover, the studies’ findings shed light on the underlying explanatory mechanisms of why informal control modes can be exercised effectively on software platforms and how especially clan control may be facilitated through developers’ social capital.


  • Mobile Application Quality and Platform Stickiness under Formal vs. Self-Control – An Experimental Study
  • Informal Control Modes and the Mediating Role of Third-Party Developers’ Intrinsic Motivation
  • Social Capital and Clan Control to Enhance App-Developers’ Performance and Success

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the field of information systems, computer science and business
  • Practitioners like IT-managers and platform providers in the software industry

The Author

Tobias Goldbach wrote his dissertation at the Chair of Information Systems and E-Services at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.


Software platforms Platform governance Control Modes Self-Control Clan Control Intention to Stay Perceived Autonomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Tobias Goldbach
    • 1
  1. 1.TU Darmstadt – ISE DarmstadtGermany

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