Special Issue: Collaboration and Innovation Dynamics in Software Ecosystems


Special Issue: Collaboration and Innovation Dynamics in Software Ecosystems

Guest Editors
Chintan Amrit, Amsterdam Business School,
Matthijs den Besten, Montpellier Business School,
Gregorio Robles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos,
Andrea Capiluppi, Brunel University,


Software ecosystems are very important socio-technical systems that mould IT infrastructure all over the world. Many software ecosystems are open source software systems, while others are more hybrid with proprietary components. Identifying the innovative modules of the ecosystem can help both developers and software module managers decide which modules are more interesting to adopt. The collaboration of developers in such ecosystems is also essential for the health of the ecosystem. Therefore, one needs to study how the developers and maintainers interact to understand the evolution of the different modules in the ecosystem. 

Therefore, in this special issue we ask: 
How does one identify innovation in large Software Ecosystems?
What kinds of collaboration exist in large software ecosystems?
How does collaboration impact the innovation dynamics in the ecosystem?

The objective of this Special Issue of IEEE TEM is to bring together the state-of-the-art research contributions that address key aspects of software ecosystem analysis with a focus on collaboration and innovation dynamics. All submitted articles will be peer-reviewed and selected based on their quality and relevance to the theme of this Special Section.

The topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovation dynamics in Software Ecosystem
  • Mining repositories for analysing collaboration and innovation dynamics
  • Metrics identifying the health of large software ecosystems
  • Symbiosis in software ecosystems
  • Collaboration and coordination in software ecosystems
  • Leadership in open innovation environments and innovative software ecosystems
  • Influencers in software ecosystem
  • Cooperation and coevolution in software ecosystems
  • Understanding life cycle of the component modules of the software ecosystems
  • Big graph/Network analysis for software ecosystems

We welcome both review papers as well as new and original research contributions. 

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the publisher’s online system. Submissions will be reviewed according to the journal’s rigorous standards and procedures through double-blind peer review by at least two qualified reviewers. 

The extend abstract should be no more than 2,000 words (references excluded) with brief literature review, research question and methodology.

Submission Process

Please prepare the manuscript according to IEEE-TEM’s guidelines ( and submit to the journal’s Manuscript Central site ( 

Please clearly state in the cover letter that the submission is for this special issue. 


  • Authors submit full papers by January, 15th 2021
  • Decisions on acceptance/ rebuttal of papers by May 15, 2021
  • Paper submission for 2nd round review by June 15, 2021
  • Decisions on acceptance/ rebuttal of papers after second round of reviews by September 1, 2021
  • Final papers to be submitted by December 10, 2021

Guest Editor Bios

Chintan Amrit is Associate Professor at the Department of Operations Management, at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in the area of business intelligence (using machine learning), open source development and mining software repositories. He is particularly interested in exploring network structures and their impact on the coordination and collaboration of software development.

Matthijs den Besten is Assistant professor at Montpellier Business School. Matthijs is member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Chair, which is part of LabEx Entrepreneurship (University of Montpellier, France) and funded by the French government (Labex Entreprendre, ANR-10-Labex-11-01). His research interests include online communities and open source software. 

Gregorio Robles is Associate Professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, a public university in Madrid. I mainly do research in following two fields: a) Software engineering, where he is specialized in software analytics of Free/Libre/Open Source Software systems. My primary focus is on mining software repositories, socio-technical issues such as development community metrics, software evolution, and cost estimation. and b) Computational thinking, where he investigates the introduction of computer programming at an early age. He has co-authored the Dr. Scratch assessment tool.

Andrea Capiluppi is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brunel University London (UK). Andrea’s research and teaching interests focus on Software Evolution and Maintenance, with a focus on Open Source software. Andrea is mostly interested in the use of open technologies and in understanding how they can improve learning and teaching as well as the production of software and other artefacts.

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management is journal of the Technology and Engineering Management Society of IEEE, published quarterly since 1954. It is dedicated to the publication of peer-reviewed original contributions, by researchers and practitioners, regarding the theory and practice of engineering, technology, and innovation management.

 Editor in Chief

Tugrul U Daim, PhD PICMET Fellow
Professor and Director
Technology Management Doctoral Program
Department of Engineering and Technology Management
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Portland State University, Portland OR
United States

About the author

Ravikiran Annaswamy

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