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Exploring the CIMO-Logic in the Design of Collaborative Networks Mediated by Digital Platforms

Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 534)

Abstract

Collaborative networks (CNs) of organizations are nowadays complex and intertwined compositions of technological, cognitive and social artifacts. The design of such compositions should be addressed as a socio-technical endeavor as a way to maximize the success probability. In despite of intensive research in this community, much has to be explored to achieve sound contributions to a design theory of CNs. In this paper, we make use of the context-intervention-mechanism-outcome logic (CIMO-logic) as a way to improve the design propositions component of a CN design theory. Variations of the concept of “mechanism” are explored with the goal of making clearer the socio-technical perspective in the design propositions. This theoretical exploration is illustrated with a case of transforming an industrial business association (IBA) in a digital collaborative network.

Keywords

Collaborative networks Design theory Socio-technical systems CIMO-logic Digital platforms 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was funded by the Portuguese funding agency, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), through the Ph.D. Studentship SFRH/BD/110131/2015. It was also supported by the Project “TEC4Growth - Pervasive Intelligence, Enhancers and Proofs of Concept with Industrial Impact/NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000020” financed by the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, and through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research, Innovation and EnterpriseSolent UniversitySouthamptonUK
  2. 2.INESC TEC – INESC Technology and SciencePortoPortugal
  3. 3.FEUP – Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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