Towards a theory of information technology platform adoption

Jaeki Song, Jeff Baker, Hyoungyong Choi, Anol Bhattacherjee

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This research-in-progress paper describes the factors that influence the adoption of IT platforms for application development. The adoption of specific platforms is of tremendous importance in the IT industry; as developers choose particular platforms, they influence the programming languages, applications, and technologies that will become dominant in the future. IT adoption has been a popular area of research for several decades, with a number of theoretical explanations having been developed. IT adoption, however, may differ systematically from IT platform adoption. To investigate the factors that influence IT platform adoption, and whether those factors differ from those that are relevant in IT adoption, we conduct an interpretive field study, analyzing interviews with mobile application developers. After analyzing our results, we discuss the similarities to and differences from extant research on IT adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping Society Through Information Systems Design
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Dec 15 2013Dec 18 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013): Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013


  • Diffusion
  • IT adoption
  • IT platforms
  • Interpretive research
  • Mobile applications
  • Network externalities
  • Software development
  • Theory building


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