The emergence of innovation ecosystems: Exploring the role of the keystone firm
Based on a longitudinal case study of a technology development program at an automotive firm, the findings presented in this licentiate thesis show how the joint venture established by the incumbent firm led to the development of a modular technology. The main findings illustrate how the incumbent automotive firm attracted a network of actors that develop innovative solutions and other complementarities for the technology. The network of actors developing offerings for the modular technology, in turn, facilitated the incumbent firm to position itself as a keystone firm and orchestrate the emergence of a new innovation ecosystem. The thesis contributes to theory by showing how a firm can orchestrate the emergence of an innovation ecosystem and position itself as the keystone firm.
Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management, Innovation and R&D Management
Ekonomi och näringsliv
Chalmers tekniska högskola
2456 Korsvägen, Vasa Hus 2, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, Chalmers University of Technology
Opponent: Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University, Sweden