A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

In defense of ‘eco’ in innovation ecosystem

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Publication Details
Authors: Ritala Paavo, Almpanopoulou Argyro
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Technovation
Volume number: 60-61
Start page: 39
End page: 42
Number of pages: 4
ISSN: 0166-4972
eISSN: 1879-2383
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe202001223065


Innovation ecosystem is an increasingly popular but all too often
ambiguously utilized concept across academia, policy and business. In
their recent well-argued critique of the concept, Oh et al. (2016)
called it a “flawed analogy” that is potentially dangerous for its lack
of rigor. In this letter, we reflect on this critique and examine
pathways to resolve some of the issues pointed out. We suggest that, at
its best, the ecosystem analogy combines salient features from natural
ecology to inform the design of system-level innovation management
activities. This requires a great deal of conceptual and empirical
rigor, and we outline a number of ideas for future research in this

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