PhD Candidate, University of Ghana
This research seeks to explain the mechanisms behind the impact of digital platforms.
Digital platforms are emerging as a very important aspect of the global digital economy. Existing studies provide useful insights yet fail to theorise platform issues using multilevel conceptualisation of the interactions between actors the information technology artefact to create impact. They deny the research community of multilevel explanations of the impact of digital platforms from the concurrent perspectives of the artefact, the individual, the group, the organisation, and the broader society. This study responds to these observed gaps by first, justifying the existence of this knowledge gap through a comprehensive literature review of existing digital platforms research. Second, the Adaptive Structuration Theory is applied to examine the reciprocal causation and the interactions between structures and actors around digital platforms. Third, a Critical Realism-based mixed methods research design is proposed to study the research gap.