Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Where do Ecosystems Come From? The Origins of Ecosystem Structure and Performance

    Ecosystems are groups of independent firms linked through non-generic complementarities that work together to create a customer value proposition. Given the tentative consensus on the definition of ecosystems, research is now shifting to studying an interplay between ecosystem structure and performance. As a field, we wish to know where firms’ positions in ecosystems and interdependencies among firms, which underpin ecosystems in the first place, could come from. This symposium unites papers from some of the leading scholars in this emerging field that take a dynamic perspective of how various types of actors (e.g., orchestrators, complementors, component producers, government, and university research centres) shape ecosystem structure and affect firms’ performance. We will begin with looking at how ecosystem orchestrators overcome challenges associated with collaborations and investments in innovative start-ups, then take a graph theoretic approach to map patterns of interdependencies that drive acquisition choices by ecosystem members, and subsequently examine the emergence of an ecosystem from a technological discovery to commercialization. Next, we explore strategies complementors deploy as they join platform-based ecosystems and take a closer look at value co-creation and capture between a platform owner and complementors. The (brief) presentations are followed by extensive discussion, between presenters and co-authors, and by moderated Q&A with the audience. Our collective aim is to improve our understanding of the temporal dynamics shaping ecosystem structure and their link to ecosystems’ and firms’ performance.

    • Orchestrating an Ecosystem: A Temporal Study of Ex-Ante Intentions, Ex-post Actions and Performance

    • Presenter: Sukhun Kang; London Business School

    • Presenter: Gary Dushnitsky; London Business School

    • Ecosystem Interdependencies as Drivers of Acquisitions

    • Presenter: Natalie Jane Burford; INSEAD

    • Presenter: Andrew V. Shipilov; INSEAD

    • Presenter: Nathan Furr; INSEAD

    • The Emergence of Innovation Ecosystems: Organizational Mutation and Coopetition in Nanotechnology

    • Presenter: Israel Drori; -

    • Presenter: Dovev Lavie; Bocconi U.

    • Playing with Platforms: A Complementor Strategy Perspective

    • Presenter: Elizabeth J. Altman; U. of Massachusetts, Lowell

    • Presenter: Mary Tripsas; U. of California, Santa Barbara

    • Value Co-Creation and Capture in Platform Markets: Evidence from a Creative Industry

    • Presenter: Carmelo Cennamo; Copenhagen Business School

    • Presenter: Grace Gu; Boston College

    • Presenter: Feng Zhu; Harvard U.

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