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Generativity and the Paradox of Stability and Flexibility in a Platform Architecture: A Case of the Oracle Cloud Platform

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Article number103548
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/12/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Information and Management
Issue number8
Number of pages21
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date14/10/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Generativity is a technology’s capability of producing new outputs without input from the originator. Platforms are important technologies that embrace generativity. While the literature generally assumes that generativity arises from platform governance and high-level platform design, we propose that generativity also arises from a platform’s three architectural components: the base, the interface, and the add-ons. Drawing on a case study of the Oracle Cloud Platform, we reveal how generativity emerges through the paradox of stability and flexibility in a platform’s architectural components. Further, standardization navigates this paradox by coordinating the dependencies between stability and flexibility across heterogeneous stakeholders.