A Multiple Mini Case Study on the Adoption of Low Code Development Platforms in Work Systems

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Although adopting Low Code Development Platforms (LCDPs) promises significant efficiency and effectiveness improvements for application development, its adoption still needs further empirical research. This paper uses a combinatorial approach to research LCDP adoption and presents the results of a multiple mini case study with 36 cases on LCDP adoption. A combination of the Socio-Technical Systems theory and the Technology-Organisational-Environment model is used as a theoretical lens. In this paper, we show that LCDP adoption is a multifaceted phenomenon and identify three archetypes for LCDP adoption (i.e., IT Resource Shortage Mitigators, Application Development Democratisers, and Synergy Realisers) and one archetype for LCDP non-adoption (i.e., Intricacy Adversaries). Each archetype can be interpreted as an individual path towards LCDP (non-)adoption. Based on these archetypes, we derive seven starting points for practitioners to adopt LCDPs in work systems. Moreover, by using the theoretical lenses, the paper shows that for an LCDP adoption to occur, an optimisation of the social and technical sub-systems is required.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118762-118786
Number of pages25
JournalIEEE access
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2023

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Scopus 85174829419
ORCID /0000-0002-9465-9679/work/146166891
Mendeley 66eccc63-e3f4-33c1-929b-b090396be807


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  • Low code development platform, adoption, case study, low code