Digital Platform
Digital platforms over recent years, have been a rich source of innovation and advances in the business (private) and government (public) sectors. This innovation is being driven by the combined evolution of digital business and information technologies, including architecture and (mobile) networks. These platforms have created a new direction for plug-n-play digital business models allowing stakeholders and participants to connect with others and transfer business or social value. The advancement of digital platforms from social media sites, and Web 2.0 has fostered many online community (OC) platforms and has joined people and business globally. Published research suggests there are large bodies of knowledge ranging from ecosystem innovations, sharing economies, digital platform development, new business models, knowledge flows and values. Including, the risks associated with any digital platforms, e.g. data issues, risk (management), government requirements, governance and international border issues.


This track invites papers on various aspects of digital platforms and open communities in line with the "ICT and the 4th Industrial Revolution" conference theme. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers that are related to digital platforms, which can lead to addressing new challenges, innovation and perspectives.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Innovative business models and the value of digital platforms
Governance and management of digital platforms
Privacy and data theft in online communities
Governance of open data platforms
Open data access policies and community-based development
Evolutionary development of ecosystems
Innovation and Value creation in OCs and digital platforms
Risk, Trust and theft in digital platforms
Knowledge flows in platforms
Social communications and structures in OCs
Governance structures and community boundaries
Innovation and value-creation processes in OCs and digital platforms
Community based architectures of governance and organizing


Track Co-Chairs:
1. Dr. Stephen Smith, Macquarie University, Sydney,
2. Dr. Carmen Leong, UNSW, Sydney,
3. Dr. Christian Ehnis, University of Sydney, Sydney,


Track AEs:
1. Vincent Pang, University of NSW, Sydney
2. Natalie Hardwicke, University of Sydney, Sydney
3. Wasana Bandara, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
4. Donald Winchester, Australian Institute of Business, Adelaide
5. Lubna Alam, Deakin University, Melbourne
6. Cathal Doyle, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
7. Noor Ismawati Jaafar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
8. Wenyu Du, Beihang University, China
9. Jing (Elaine) Chen, Beihang University, China
10. Sixuan Zhang, Beihang University, China
11. Miao Cui, Dalian University of Technology, China
12. Yu Jie, Nottingham University Business School, China
13. Milad Mirbabaie, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
14. Christian Meske University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
15. Janine Hacker, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
16. Helena Wenninger, Lancaster University Management School, UK