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Paper Pres 1: Evaluative infrastructures and the legitimation of catalysing platforms Chris Ford
Thursday, 18/Nov/2021:
3:15pm - 3:45pm

Session Chair: John Cullen, University of Sheffield
Location: Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor Aston Business School

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Evaluative infrastructures and the legitimation of catalysing platforms

Chris J. Ford, Katy Mason

Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Platform organizing has emerged as possibly the most powerful economic force in recent times. Tackling climate change has emerged as possibly the greatest societal challenge. Our research is motivated by a desire to understand the practices and processes of social, economic and environmental value creation within and through a new platform, which works with SMEs to tackle their climate impact. We select a physical platform – an ‘Innovation Catalyst’ - as our case study site, and engage in longitudinal, ethnographic research following the paths of platform managers, users, complementors, funders and a range of associated organizations. We focus our attention on the emergence of new accountings in the form of evaluative infrastructures, which evolve through the early stage experimental work of platform managers and other actors. Our findings reveal the ongoing processes of organizing a heterarchical system without stable field-level notions of value, or the values that underpin platform engagement. Further, we show the importance of viewing such platforms as meta-entities that seek to shape multi-ecosystem behaviours through a bricolage of interventions and new accountabilities. Such platforms must rely on organically growing and evolving tracing infrastructures that expand with the cascading impacts and value flows of catalyst work; These traces provide the essential, underpinning evidence for the construction of legitimizing accounts of platform performance.

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