The purpose of this paper is to study the role of the actors (especially firms) in interactions between contexts defined as “innovation ecosystems.”
The paper presents a conceptual framework. A review of the literature to frame the concepts of innovation ecosystems and the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) approach is presented. A possible integration of the two concepts is then discussed.
The paper adds new discursive inputs to the concept of innovation ecosystem that validate its use in the context of the knowledge economy and extends the theories of knowledge, by analyzing the role that various actors who populate an innovative ecosystem play in the creation, learning, use, and dissemination of knowledge.
The paper furnishes an approach to the research on knowledge management and innovation, in the attempt to relate the IMP Group approach with the perspective of the “innovation ecosystems” concept.
Pucci, T., Runfola, A., Guercini, S. and Zanni, L. (2018), "The role of actors in interactions between “innovation ecosystems”: drivers and implications", IMP Journal, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 333-345. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMP-05-2017-0022Download as .RIS
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