G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)

Knowledge Ecosystem Formation: An Institutional and Organisational Perspective

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Publication Details
Authors: Almpanopoulou Argyro
Publishing place: Lappeenranta
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
ISBN: 978-952-335-355-8
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Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-335-355-8


The main purpose of this thesis is to provide a better understanding
on knowledge ecosystem formation, that is, the factors and processes that
result in the emergence of knowledge ecosystems and their particular forms of
organisation. I mainly focus on the particularities of the institutional
environment and its related institutions as well as the intermediate processes
of identifying joint interests and developing a sense of a shared purpose. In this
endeavour, I adopted institutional and organisational lenses and took a
holistic, multi-level approach. Drawing on two qualitative studies, this thesis
shows how the institutional environment can constrain, enable, and orient knowledge
ecosystem formation and how the nature of the joint exploratory processes has
implications for the organisation of knowledge ecosystems. First, this thesis
contributes to the nascent knowledge ecosystem literature by providing a
comprehensive understanding of the early stages of knowledge ecosystem
formation and the influence of the socio-economic context during the pre-formation
phase as well as of the organisation of ecosystems in such contexts, where
hierarchical organisational forms are not feasible. My findings also contribute
to the literature on non-traditional forms of organisation by advancing our
understanding on the organising particularities of knowledge ecosystems as a
type of meta-organisation. In addition, this thesis contributes to the
institutional literature and recent calls to understand field transformation
and related constraining forces by identifying a variety of field-sustaining
mechanisms mutually reinforcing each other. For policymakers, this thesis provides
insights on how public policy can support knowledge ecosystem formation. For
practitioners, the findings provide suggestions on how to navigate the
complexities and ambiguities of the early phases of knowledge ecosystem

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