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Introducing a methodological approach to determine value shares in Digital Ecosystems

Cristina Mihale-Wilson; Simon Hagen; Tobias Kohl; Henrik Kortum-Landwehr; Fabian Illgen; Jonas Rebstadt; Oliver Thomas; Oliver Hinz
In: Wirtschaftsinformatik 2023 Proceedings. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI-2023), September 18-21, Paderborn, Germany, AISeL, 9/2023.


Motivated by the critical yet unsolved task of fair value distribution in digital ecosystems (DEs), this study presents a methodological approach that allows us to determine ecosystem components' value share to the total co-created value. Our method takes a holistic perspective on DEs. It suggests that when viewing DEs as complex networks, the value share of a component to the total co-created value stems from the network size and the interaction between the network participants. We demonstrate the applicability of the proposed method in a simulation of a Smart Living service ecosystem. Our simulation shows that our method is suitable for unraveling hitherto hidden interconnectedness between value-co-creating ecosystem components. Components that offer a low structural contribution to the total value can still play a crucial role in the network and have the most significant value share to the whole network.


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