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Deep and organizational learning as innovation catalyzer in digital business ecosystems – a scenario analysis on the tourism destination Berlin

Arne Schuhbert (Chair of Tourism, Center for Entrepreneurship, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany)
Hannes Thees (Chair of Tourism, Center for Entrepreneurship, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany)
Harald Pechlaner (Chair of Tourism, Center for Entrepreneurship, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 14 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The below-average innovative capacity of the tourism sector raises the question on the potentials of digital business ecosystems (DBEs) to overcome these shortages at a destination level – especially within a smart city environment. Using the example of the German Capital Berlin, this article aims to discuss both the possibilities and inhibitors of innovative knowledge-creation by building scenarios on one specific design option: the integration of digital deep learning (DL) functionalities and traditional organizational learning (OL) processes.

Design/methodology/approach

Using the qualitative GABEK-method, major characteristics of a DBE as resource-, platform- and innovation systems are analyzed toward their interactions with the construction of basic action models (as the basic building blocks of knowledge).

Findings

Against the background of the research findings, two scenarios are discussed for future evolution of the Berlin DBE, one building on cultural emulation as a trigger for optimized DL functionalities and one following the idea of cultural engineering supported by DL functionalities. Both scenarios focus specifically on the identified systemic inhibitors of innovative capabilities.

Research limitations/implications

While this study highlights the potential of the GABEK method to analyze mental models, separation of explicit and latent models still remains challenging – so does the reconstruction of higher order mental models which require a combined take on interview techniques in the future.

Originality/value

The resulting scenarios innovatively combine concepts from OL theory with the concept of DBE, thus indicating possible pathways into a tourism future where the limitations of human learning capacities could be compensated through the targeted support of general artificial intelligence (AI).

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Citation

Schuhbert, A., Thees, H. and Pechlaner, H. (2023), "Deep and organizational learning as innovation catalyzer in digital business ecosystems – a scenario analysis on the tourism destination Berlin", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-08-2022-0448

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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