Emerging innovation ecosystems: The critical role of distributed innovation agency

Hurni, Thomas; Dibbern, Jens; Huber, Thomas L. (2020). Emerging innovation ecosystems: The critical role of distributed innovation agency. In: Hirschheim, Rudy; Heinzl, Armin; Dibbern, Jens (eds.) Information Systems Outsourcing. The Era of Digital Transformation. Progress in IS (pp. 101-143). Springer, Cham 10.1007/978-3-030-45819-5_6

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Innovation ecosystems are becoming increasingly important for the co-creation and modification of digital innovation by different and often competing organizational actors. However, how innovation ecosystems emerge between such organizational actors is yet unknown. This article addresses this gap by exploring how central organizational actors create innovation ecosystems, and how and why these innovation ecosystems emerge over time and through the interplay of all involved organizational actors that pursue both common (i.e., cooperate) and own goals (i.e., compete). To answer these questions, we opted for a single-case study of a large software development project, initiated by a major logistics company and implemented in collaboration with its independent IT department, six software vendors, and some field experts. This unique constellation with different coopeting (i.e., simultaneously cooperating and competing) organizational actors is particularly well suited to answer our research questions. Our results show that central organizational actors can create the basic structure and procedures of an innovation ecosystem. However, for an innovation ecosystem to progress in its emergence, central organizational actors need to stabilize the basic structure, while all other organizational actors need to help refine the basic procedures. The better adapted the structure and the procedures, the better organizational actors can exploit them to materialize coherent and customer-oriented digital innovation. We present our findings as a three-phase process model of innovation ecosystem emergence, in which innovation agency is distributed and redistributed among the organizational actors. Our findings have important implications for the literature on innovation ecosystems, the coopetition paradox, and digital innovation.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Engineering
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Hurni, Thomas; Dibbern, Jens and Huber, Thomas

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

2196-8713

ISBN:

978-3-030-45819-5

Series:

Progress in IS

Publisher:

Springer, Cham

Language:

English

Submitter:

Luca Giacomelli

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2020 11:54

Last Modified:

29 Sep 2020 11:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-030-45819-5_6

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146735

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