Re-imagining the disruptive innovation theory in the digital platforms era

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This position paper questions the premises of the traditional disruptive innovation theory in light of the development and rise of the digital platforms phenomenon. It consid- ers the case of Uber as an illustrative example to argue that its digital platform’s disruption takes a different trajectory that significantly challenges the traditionally assumed disruptive innovation theo- ry. The paper then calls for the re-imagining of our current theorisation of disruptive innovation to take into consideration the unique characteristics of the digital platforms phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFIP 8.6 Working Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationRe-Imagining Diffusion of Information Technology
Place of PublicationGuimarães, Portugal
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • disruptive digital innovation
  • disruptive innovation
  • digital platform
  • Uber
  • sharing economy
  • platform economy

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