Managing Actors, Resources, and Activities in Innovation Ecosystems – A Design Science Approach

Abstract : Through a design science approach, the paper explores how actors in a network create and sustain competitive advantage independently and through participation in a system of actors (i.e., a collaborative network) who are not hierarchically managed but, rather, act toward their own goals within the innovation ecosystem. In accordance with design studies, the relevance of research and its quality are evaluated against practice. The two cases discussed in the paper highlight that, in practice, innovation ecosystem actors must manage activities and relationships at the level of both individual and organisation. This finding has interesting research implications, as innovation ecosystems have been studied mostly at either macro or interpersonal (micro) level while the organisation (meso) level is seldom discussed. Furthermore, the findings should help managers to strive for and utilise innovation ecosystems better and to evaluate their ability and potential to survive via internal and external collaboration aimed at innovation.
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Katri Valkokari, Cristina Amitrano, Francesco Bifulco, Tiina Valjakka. Managing Actors, Resources, and Activities in Innovation Ecosystems – A Design Science Approach. 17th Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE), Oct 2016, Porto, Portugal. pp.521-530, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-45390-3_44⟩. ⟨hal-01614616⟩

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