Towards a Theory of Ecosystems

  title={Towards a Theory of Ecosystems},
  author={Michael G. Jacobides and Carmelo Cennamo and Annabelle Gawer},
  journal={Resource Based Strategy \& Policy eJournal},
Research Summary: The recent surge of interest in “ecosystems” in strategy research and practice has mainly focused on what ecosystems are and how they operate. We complement this literature by considering when and why ecosystems emerge, and what makes them distinct from other governance forms. We argue that modularity enables ecosystem emergence as it allows a set of distinct yet interdependent organizations to coordinate without full hierarchical fiat. We show how ecosystems address… 

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