Orchestrating a new industrial field. The case of the Finnish wood-based bioeconomy
by Kari Lilja; Eli Moen
International Journal of Business Environment (IJBE), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2017

Abstract: The article's focus is on how companies and institutions interact and cooperate in order to develop the wood-based bioeconomy field. Based on a case study of the Finnish forest sector, the paper shows that shifting to sustainability requires processes of co-creation. As radical innovation requires complementary competences, companies have had to cooperate with a large number of actors. By interacting with multiple actors at multiple levels, both companies and institutions have engaged in new types of activities that have led to a change in their respective roles. By taking on responsibility for developing the new industrial field, both companies and institutions act as orchestrators for mobilising a large number of public and private actors. Subsequently, the paper argues that this interaction has produced a new type of complementarity between companies and institutions facilitating the development of the new industrial field.

Online publication date: Mon, 13-Nov-2017

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