Creating and sustaining successful business ecosystems

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.author Karhiniemi, Marko
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T11:23:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T11:23:22Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/332
dc.description.abstract In our interconnected business environment, companies rely increasingly on networking in order to achieve market success and sustain performance. The networking involves interaction between members in multiple aspects comprising information and asset exchange with a range of operations and technologies. In order to leverage the competencies within the entire network, the companies need to comprehend the network of business activities and appreciate management of assets, which it doesn’t directly own but are critical for its success. The networked business activities include valuable physical, intellectual and financial assets exemplifying positive feedback in terms of network externalities when connected to and influencing each other. These networked activities create and distribute value among members in the network. Since the business networks traverse industries and encompass widespread activities, interpreting them requires an alternative approach to business network thinking. Business networks as a business ecosystem seems to provide powerful metaphors in understanding the network activities as a whole. It provides insight with analogies to biological ecosystems when appropriate, but extends the theories to business environment when needed. The thesis contemplates business ecosystem theories in creating and sustaining successful ecosystems. Two alternative approaches are proposed, where an ecosystem is created with and without adaptation to the existing environment. The approaches consist of multiple steps having strategic options to be selected and lead to business ecosystem management. Active management is essential in sustaining the successful business ecosystem evolution and shape the ecosystem in a favourable direction. In the active management, the thesis uses business ecosystem, network externalities and innovation diffusion theories. Additionally, the thesis constructs a competitive intelligence analysis framework and extends ‘openness versus closed’ choices to support ecosystem active management. Furthermore, the thesis presents a case study of developer driven mobile software business ecosystem to reflect and concretise the discussed theories. The two alternative approaches and the case study indicate that in order to create and successfully sustain a healthy ecosystem, the additional proposed parameters with the constructed framework are needed. Similarly, the extension of ‘openness versus closed’ choices are in line with the latest findings. Moreover, the presented case and proposed strategic steps seem to delineate faced options in an ecosystem evolvement and analytically support related activities in business environment analyses in a big Finnish company. en
dc.format.extent 108
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Creating and sustaining successful business ecosystems en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Business Technology en
dc.contributor.department Liiketoiminnan teknologian laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword business ecosystem
dc.subject.keyword innovation diffusion
dc.subject.keyword innovation management
dc.subject.keyword innovations
dc.subject.keyword network externalities
dc.subject.keyword network effect
dc.subject.keyword competitive intelligence
dc.subject.keyword strategy
dc.subject.keyword openness
dc.subject.keyword software
dc.subject.keyword liiketoimintaekosysteemi
dc.subject.keyword innovaatiot
dc.subject.keyword diffuusio
dc.subject.keyword innovaatiodiffuusio
dc.subject.keyword innovaatiojohtaminen
dc.subject.keyword verkkovaikutus
dc.subject.keyword kilpailija-analyysi
dc.subject.keyword strategia
dc.subject.keyword avoimuus
dc.subject.keyword ohjelmistot
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201111181244
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Information Systems Science en
dc.programme.major Tietojärjestelmätiede fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon tietojärjestelmät
dc.subject.helecon information systems
dc.subject.helecon liike-elämä
dc.subject.helecon business life
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon innovations
dc.subject.helecon diffuusio
dc.subject.helecon diffusion
dc.subject.helecon ohjelmistot
dc.subject.helecon software
dc.ethesisid 12200
dc.date.dateaccepted 2009-04-07
dc.location P1 I


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