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Towards a Theory of Ecosystems

Jacobides, M, Cennamo, C and Gawer, Annabelle (2018) Towards a Theory of Ecosystems Strategic Management Journal, 39 (8). pp. 2255-2276.

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The recent surge of interest in “ecosystems” in strategy research and practice has mainly focused on what ecosystems are and how they operate. We complement this literature by considering when and why ecosystems emerge, and what makes them distinct from other governance forms. We argue that modularity enables ecosystem emergence, as it allows a set of distinct yet interdependent organizations to coordinate without full hierarchical fiat. We show how ecosystems address multilateral dependences based on various types of complementarities - supermodular or unique, unidirectional or bidirectional, which determine the ecosystem’s value-add. We argue that at the core of ecosystems lie non-generic complementarities, and the creation of sets of roles that face similar rules. We conclude with implications for mainstream strategy and suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Jacobides, M
Cennamo, C
Date : 2 May 2018
DOI : 10.1002/smj.2904
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The Authors. Strategic Management Journal published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 23 Mar 2018 09:45
Last Modified : 14 Jun 2019 09:44

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