Establishing a CoPs-based innovation ecosystem to enhance competence - the case of CGN in China Online publication date: Tue, 29-Nov-2016
by Jian Chen; Xielin Liu; Yimei Hu
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 72, No. 1/2/3, 2016
Abstract: This research investigates how complex product systems (CoPs)-based innovation ecosystem is created in terms of structure and interactions among players, as well as how technology, value and capability evolve at different stages of an innovation ecosystem. Based on an exploratory case study on the innovation ecosystem of a nuclear power giant-China general nuclear power group (CGN) for the period 1987-2014, this paper presents a framework to explicate the micro-foundation of the formation mechanism of an innovation ecosystem for CoPs. Three ecosystem stages are identified: ecosystem incubation, ecosystem figuration and ecosystem self-renewal. Through the three stages, CGN has been extending its ecosystem gradually from core business to extended network and ecosystem periphery. This study provides theoretical and managerial implications for building and managing innovation ecosystems in developing countries.
Online publication date: Tue, 29-Nov-2016
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