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

Katri Valkokari, Cristina C. Amitrano, Francesco Bifulco, Tiina Valjakka

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollaboration in a Hyperconnected World
    Subtitle of host publicationPRO-VE 2016
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages521-530
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-45390-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-45389-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event17th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2016 - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 3 Oct 20165 Oct 2016
    Conference number: 17

    Publication series

    SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    Volume480
    ISSN1868-4238

    Conference

    Conference17th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2016
    Abbreviated titlePRO-VE 2016
    CountryPortugal
    CityPorto
    Period3/10/165/10/16

    Keywords

    • innovation ecosystems
    • collaborative networks
    • innovation management
    • design science
    • ARA (actors, resources, and activities) model

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