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Ecosystems and Open Innovation for Embedded Systems: A Systematic Mapping Study



Efi Papatheocharous , Jesper Andersson , Jakob Axelsson

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


6th International Conference on Software Business




This paper surveys work on ecosystems and open innovation of systems in the context of software engineering for embedded systems. The primary research goal is to develop a research agenda based on the topics identified within the research publications on the topic. The agenda is based on a systematic mapping study of 260 publications obtained from digital libraries and is influenced by a set of areas of interest, i.e., product lines, open source, third party, business models, open innovation, and strategy. The results from the study include analysis of the type of research conducted in the field, its origin and research contribution. The study identifies the need for more solutions to specific open innovation problems such as mapping business models to technical platforms; defining open ecosystem processes that foster open innovation; and improving how ecosystem players can leverage on tool support for open innovation. A direction for future research is also provided.


author = {Efi Papatheocharous and Jesper Andersson and Jakob Axelsson},
title = {Ecosystems and Open Innovation for Embedded Systems: A Systematic Mapping Study},
editor = { Jo{\~a}o M. Fernandes, Ricardo J. Machado, and Krzysztof Wnuk},
pages = {81--95},
month = {June},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {6th International Conference on Software Business},
publisher = {Springer},
url = {}