A4 Article in conference proceedings
Wealthy, Healthy and/or Happy — What does ‘Ecosystem Health’ Stand for?

List of Authors: Sami Hyrynsalmi, Marko Seppänen, Tiina Nokkala, Arho Suominen, Antero Järvi
Publication year: 2015
Book title *: Software Business — 6th International Conference, ICSOB 2015, Braga, Portugal, June 10-12, 2015, Proceedings
Title of series: Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Number in series: 210
Volume number: 210
Number of pages: 16
ISBN: 978-3-319-19592-6
eISBN: 978-3-319-19593-3
ISSN: 1865-1348


The health of a software ecosystem is argued to be a key´indicator of well-being, longevity and performance of a network of companies. In this paper, we address what scientific literature actually means with the concept of ‘ecosystem health’ by selecting relevant articles with

systematic literature review. Based on the final set of 38 papers, we found that despite a common base, the term has been used to depict a wide range of hoped characteristics of a software ecosystem. However, the number of studies addressing the topic is shown to grow while empirical studies are still rare. Thus, further studies should aim to standardize the

terminology and concepts in order to create a common base for future work. Further work is needed also to develop early indicators that warn and guides companies on problems with their ecosystems.

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