An Information Systems Design Theory for Digital Broker Platforms

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Service platforms are becoming dominant drivers of daily business operations in a digitalized environment. Research focuses on technological and network effects of such platforms, while socio-technical opportunities remain limited. Guidance support in selecting appropriate digital services on a multisided market platform may help companies with low domain knowledge as it increases their benefits by reducing existing barriers in adopting emerging technologies. We adapt the concept of a broker to a digital platform, which instantiates guidance support on multisided markets as core platform element. Further, we abstract the concept of a digital broker platform as an Information Systems (IS) design theory. By providing the necessary components of an IS design theory, we offer the possibility to derive digital broker platform artifacts, which are theoretically and conceptually grounded. We provide design principles for the method artifact and describe their applicability in an exemplary instantiation of the design theory in the domain of cloud computing. Lastly, we present the artifact’s mutability as well as its testable propositions.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research - 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2022, Proceedings
EditorsAndreas Drechsler, Aurona Gerber, Alan Hevner
PublisherSpringer, Berlin [u. a.]
Number of pages12
ISBN (print)9783031065156
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 13229


Title17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology
SubtitleThe Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research
Abbreviated titleDESRIST 2022
Duration1 - 3 June 2022
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationUniversity of South Florida
CitySt. Petersburg
CountryUnited States of America

External IDs

RIS 10.1007/978-3-031-06516-3_1
Scopus 85131909978
unpaywall 10.1007/978-3-031-06516-3_1
ORCID /0000-0001-8365-8905/work/142247789