Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Change and control paradoxes in mobile infrastructure innovation: the Android and iOS mobile operating systems cases

Tilson, David, Sorensen, Carsten and Lyytinen, Kalle J. (2012) Change and control paradoxes in mobile infrastructure innovation: the Android and iOS mobile operating systems cases. In: 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 4 - 7 Jan 2012, Manoa, Hawaii.

Full text not available from this repository.


The advent of the smartphone as a highly complex technology has been accompanied by mobile operating systems (OS), large communities of developers, diverse content providers, and increasingly complex networks, jointly forming digital infrastructures. The multi-faceted and relational character of such digital infrastructures raises issues around how change and control can be conceptualized and understood. We discuss how change and control are paradoxically related in digital infrastructures and how they affect the evolution of such infrastructures. We examine these paradoxes by examining the change in, and competition between, two mobile operating systems: Apple's iOS and Google's Android along with their related platform features and ecologies. We seek to validate a proposed theoretical framework of the dynamics of change and control through second-order analysis of the two cases. We observe that multiple factors had a significant effect on the evolution of these platforms including user interface, development platforms, business models, and value extraction principles. We observe how these factors significantly affect the evolution of mobile platform ecologies as well as speculate about the future of mobile system platforms

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 13:52

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only