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Opening the Black Box of Digital B2B Co-creation Platforms: A Taxonomy

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Digital B2B platforms are becoming increasingly important for value co-creation in today’s business networks, leading to the emergence of a diverse landscape of platforms and intensifying research efforts. Yet, practitioners and researchers alike lack a means to structure existing knowledge and distinguish between different B2B platforms. In this paper, we apply Nickerson et al.’s method for taxonomy development to derive a taxonomy of B2B co-creation platforms drawing on 36 research articles and 63 real-world platform cases. We find 17 dimensions that describe B2B co-creation platforms in terms of their platform architecture, their actor ecosystem, and their value creation process. Thereby, we contribute to research and practice: First, we provide a holistic perspective on B2B co-creation platforms by aggregating existing knowledge and identifying the fundamental properties relevant for their distinction. Second, we provide a decision aid for practitioners to evaluate which platform to join or how to design B2B co-creation platforms.

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  • Digital B2B platforms
  • Platform taxonomy
  • Co-creation

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    The missing percent to 100 are platforms for that not enough data was available to classify.

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Abendroth, J., Riefle, L., Benz, C. (2021). Opening the Black Box of Digital B2B Co-creation Platforms: A Taxonomy. In: Ahlemann, F., Schütte, R., Stieglitz, S. (eds) Innovation Through Information Systems. WI 2021. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, vol 47. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86797-3_39

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