Innovation Systems and Ecosystems: A Review and Synthesis

Arho Suominen, Marko Seppänen, Ozgur Dedehayir

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific


    The ecosystem approach to innovation and business ecosystem has emerged as prominent research avenue departing from the extant literature on innovation and management. The broad adoption of ecosystem terminology has increased the conceptual ambiguity of the terminology to where ecosystems are used fairly loosely, even as buzz or decoration to the core message. This study tackles the use of ecosystem terminology and structures the conceptual frame for the field, identifying definitions of an innovation ecosystem and how the concept has been founded in previous literature. Our results highlight how the ecosystem theory, while showing value adding elements, rests heavily on a few seminal works, but both empirical and conceptual advancements are needed before a coherent theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication 2016 XXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference
    PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-952-265-929-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventXXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference: Blending Tomorrow's Innovation Vintage - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 19 Jun 201622 Jun 2016


    ConferenceXXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference
    Abbreviated titleISPIM


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