Transformation and Sustainability of Digital Platforms and Ecosystems: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

Roberta Cuel, Federica Ceci, Ilias Pappas, and P. K. Senyo
International Journal of Electronic Commerce,
Volume 28, Number 2, 2024, pp. 148-155.


This special issue focuses on the dynamics of digital platforms and ecosystems and the critical aspects of transformation and sustainability. Digital ecosystems, characterized as technology-enabled communities, have garnered significant attention across various disciplines, including biology, engineering, management, and organization studies. This editorial provides an overview of the current understanding of digital ecosystems, emphasizing the complex interplay between individual, organizational, and networked entities. Despite abundant research on digital ecosystems, questions regarding the functioning, governance, development, growth, and members’ relationships persist. We believe these underexplored questions have direct implications for electronic commerce (e-commerce). This connection underscores the relevance of the issue’s insights for advancing the field of electronic commerce, addressing relevant questions, and opening new avenues for research and practice in the digital marketplace.