The Low-Code Phenomenon: Mapping the Intellectual Structure of Research

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The term low-code has been closely associated with simplifying and accelerating software development. Driven by the idea that low-code can help to meet the increased digitalization demands, the low-code phenomenon is rising in academia and industry. This resulted in an immense increase in publications on low-code, posing the question of what research streams characterize the low-code literature. We conducted a bibliometric analysis based on 725 articles. Out of these 725 articles, we selected 105 articles with the term ”low-code” in the title or abstract. Our contribution is to clarify the conceptual understanding of low-code by identifying six research streams, namely, origins of low-code within software engineering, low-code as an enabler for emerging software engineering trends, workplace transformation, establishing low-code methodologies, understanding low-code adoption and leveraging low-code for digital transformation. We conclude with future research directions that still need to be explored within the low-code literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsTung X. Bui
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHawai
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Publication date03.01.2024
ISBN (print)978-0-9981331-7-1
ISBN (electronic)978-0-9981331-7-1
Publication statusPublished - 03.01.2024
Event57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - HICSS 2024 - Honolulu, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 03.01.202406.01.2024
Conference number: 57