A Power Perspective on Software Ecosystem Partnerships

  • George ValençaEmail author
  • Carina Alves
  • Slinger Jansen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10027)


To address today’s market demands for continuous enhancement of systems capabilities, software producing organisations have increasingly formed or joined software ecosystems. In these complex and networked settings, they define partnerships to complement each other’s features, acquire new skills, divide R&D costs and share customers. Such business model entails mutual dependence on companies for survival and effectiveness. It creates a flow of influence among them and makes the ecosystem resemble power-law distributions. Drawing on established concepts from Social and Behavioural Sciences, we performed an exploratory case study of six software companies to investigate their power-dependence relationships in an ecosystem environment. A prime result of this research is showing that it is possible to understand how power and dependence influence the behaviour and coordination of partner firms within a software ecosystem.


Software ecosystem Open business model Partnerships Power Dependence Case study Software product management 



We thank Yang Zherui Ryan for his constructive feedback on early versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de InformáticaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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