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Orchestration and governance in digital platform ecosystems: a literature review and trends

Sandip Mukhopadhyay (Department of Marketing, Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, India)
Harry Bouwman (Department of Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands and at the Department of Information Systems, Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland)

Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

ISSN: 2398-5038

Article publication date: 3 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019




Because of the attention increasingly being focused on digital transformation, interest in business models of platform-enabled ecosystems is rising rapidly. Although there are different theoretical views on the role of ecosystems, a synthesis of research, with a focus on governance and orchestration in dynamic, multi-industry eco-systems, is lacking.


A systematic literature review was conducted by following a rigorous search protocol in the scholarly databases covering both journal articles and conference papers These papers were subsequently filtered, and finally, 48 relevant papers were selected for analysis.


The review identifies five key aspects of platform governance design that need close consideration: the meta-organisation or ecosystem design, coordination mechanisms, mechanisms for value co-creation, value appropriation mechanisms and architectural principles. To achieve balance among a set of competing demands, platform leaders need to devote adequate attention to these aspects.

Practical implications

Based on a literature review, the authors provide an overview of underlying theoretical views, research methods and key trends to develop a sound theoretical grounding for research on platform governance design. The paper also suggests research gaps in the existing literature and sets directions for researchers to strengthen the understanding of effective platform governance design. The paper also provides valuable information to managers in developing or leading a successful platform ecosystem.


The paper uses existing literature published in this topic and original in nature.



The authors are grateful to Mark de Reuver of Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), whose valuable advice and review helped to improve this article.


Mukhopadhyay, S. and Bouwman, H. (2019), "Orchestration and governance in digital platform ecosystems: a literature review and trends", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 329-351.



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