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Antecedents of co-development and its effect on innovation performance: A business ecosystem perspective

Hung-Tai Tsou (School of Entrepreneurship, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China)
Ja-Shen Chen (College of Management, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan)
Ya-Wen (Diana) Yu (College of Management, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 2 November 2018

Issue publication date: 5 July 2019




In the contemporary business environment, companies must constantly consider methods to enhance their competitive advantage and create value for their customers. The purpose of this paper is to develop a research model based on a business ecosystem view. Within a business ecosystem, the authors identified the key factors of co-development and the manner in which these factors affect a company’s innovation performance.


The theoretical hypotheses are confirmed by partial least squares analysis of survey responses collected from information and communication technology (ICT) and hotel industries in Taiwan.


In both industries, the results suggest that a firm’s co-development within its own ecosystem has positive effects on innovation performance. For companies in the ICT industry, collaborative networks and partner selection have significant impacts on the firms’ co-development, but their information technology (IT) capability does not; in contrast, in the hotel industry, partner selection and IT capability have significant impacts on firm co-development, but their collaborative network does not.


This study contributes to the literature of business ecosystem and co-development by offering a co-development model. As both conceptual and empirical research on this topic is still underdeveloped, this study provides fresh insights into collaboration management and offers significant theoretical and managerial implications from a business ecosystem perspective.



Tsou, H.-T., Chen, J.-S. and Yu, Y.-W.(D). (2019), "Antecedents of co-development and its effect on innovation performance: A business ecosystem perspective", Management Decision, Vol. 57 No. 7, pp. 1609-1637.



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