Digital Ecosystem Formation and Orchestration

  • Type:Bachelorarbeit
  • Date:vergeben
  • Supervisor:

    Lara Riefle

  • Background

    For the better part of a decade, the emergence of digital platforms has transformed industries from the ground up. While consumer-focused platforms such as Amazon and ebay enjoy broad popularity, business-to-business (B2B) platforms are just at the verge of unveiling their potential for collaboration and value co-creation. Industrial B2B platforms are a vehicle that allow digital ecosystems to emerge over time; however, the process of platform and ecosystem formation and orchestration have remained a black box for the most part.

    Research goal

    The aim of this thesis is to develop an understanding of the formation and evolution of digital ecosystems using the case of industrial B2B platforms. Questions arising concern the phases of ecosystem formation, the mechanisms for orchestrating ecosystems, e.g., how the collaboration of actors in the ecosystem is organized or how new partners are attracted.

    In detail, the thesis aims to pursue a literature-based approach to understand ecosystem formation and orchestration. Based on a systematic literature review, on overview of existing theories on ecosystem formation shall be given. Furthermore, different approaches to orchestrate ecosystems will be examined and structured.

    Your profile

    - You are interested in the emerging research field of digital platforms and ecosystems
    - You have a self-organized and goal-oriented working mode, including the motivation to bring own ideas and work accurately


    - Start: immediately
    - Language: English or German


    If you are interested, please send an email to Lara Riefle (lara.riefle@kit.edu) along with a transcript of records and CV.