Business Ecosystems’ Evolution — An Ecosystem Clockspeed Perspective

Collaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems

ISBN: 978-1-78190-826-6, eISBN: 978-1-78190-827-3

ISSN: 0742-3322

Publication date: 26 August 2014

Abstract

There is a growing need for measures assessing technological changes in systemic contexts as business ecosystems replace standalone products. In these ecosystem contexts, organizations are required to manage their innovation processes in increasingly networked and complex environments. In this paper, we introduce the technology and ecosystem clockspeed measures that can be used to assess the temporal nature of technological changes in a business ecosystem. We analyze systemic changes in the personal computer (PC) ecosystem, explicitly focusing on subindustries central to the delivery of PC gaming value to the end user. Our results show that the time-based intensity of technological competition in intertwined subindustries of a business ecosystem may follow various trajectories during the evolution of the ecosystem. Hence, the technology and ecosystem clockspeed measures are able to pinpoint alternating dynamics in technological changes among the subindustries in the business ecosystem. We subsequently discuss organizational considerations and theoretical implications of the proposed measures.

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Citation

Saku J. Mäkinen and Ozgur Dedehayir (2014). 'Business Ecosystems’ Evolution — An Ecosystem Clockspeed Perspective', Collaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems (Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 30). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 99-125

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-3322(2013)0000030007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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