Title: Business ecosystem: revealing tensions

Authors: Joëlle Ensminger

Addresses: LAREQUOI, Laboratoire de recherche en Management, Institut Supérieur de Management, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Abstract: The business ecosystem is a network of entities interconnected through complex relationships based on trust from different industries and organisations in convergent business sectors. Innovation clusters, created in France by policy makers, concentrate the resources and skills necessary for innovation in one place. This research has two objectives: the exploration of a new business ecosystem and the exploitation of an artefact through business modelling. The case examined shows that the business ecosystem is continuously adapting along with the evolution of various types of trust; highlighted by the emergence of tensions as coordination modes between actors. The aim is to achieve an effective articulation of sociological, economic or institutional levels of trust within an ecosystem. Connecting the concept of business ecosystem to design science research, allows for the emergence of new insights to improve understanding of business environment adaptation.

Keywords: business ecosystems; participant observation; business models; trust; innovation clusters; France; business modelling; coordination modes; design science.

DOI: 10.1504/IJODE.2016.082352

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering, 2016 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.238 - 258

Received: 17 Oct 2015
Accepted: 08 Nov 2016

Published online: 16 Feb 2017 *

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