A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

A complex adaptive systems agenda for ecosystem research methodology

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Phillips Mark, Ritala Paavo
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume number: 148
ISSN: 0040-1625
eISSN: 1873-5509
JUFO-Level of this publication: 3
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2019111237683


Ecosystems have recently emerged as a visible stream in organization and management research. The ecosystem concept promises a broader, systems view of organizational and technological phenomena beyond traditional firm, value chain or network boundaries. However, adopting an ecosystem approach presents a range of methodological challenges for researchers, including how to set boundaries for the ecosystems, as well as how to examine their structure and relationships, as well as to explain the inherent dynamics and co-evolution. Based upon on a complex adaptive systems lens, this study proposes a theoretically grounded but pragmatic approach to address these challenges. The proposed methodological framework facilitates exploration of the conceptual, structural and temporal dimensions of ecosystem research design. An illustrative example is also included to showcase the framework's applicability.

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