The emergence of software platforms and ecosystems has led platform owners to create the new role of the partnership manager—responsible for putting their partner programs into practice. However, there is little guidance as to what the required competences for this new role are. Based on studying a multitude of partnerships in different software ecosystems, we derive two typical competence profiles of partnership managers that provide the basis to either governing partnerships in an arm’s length or dyadic style. The competence profiles help platform owners to systemically develop and deploy the competencies of their partnership managers. We further discuss how the profiles help platform owners to start, grow, and manage software ecosystems. Finally, we discuss insights for complementors. Link to the article
KUDE, T., HUBER, T. and DIBBERN, J. (2019). Successfully Governing Software Ecosystems: Competence Profiles of Partnership Managers. IEEE Software, 36(3), pp. 39-44.