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Business Ecosystems’ Evolution - An Ecosystem Clockspeed Perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems
EditorsRon Adner, Joanne Oxley, Brian Silverman
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78190-827-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-78190-826-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameAdvances in Strategic Management-A Research Annual
ISSN (Print)0742-3322


There is a growing need for measures assessing technological changes in systemic contexts as business ecosystems replace standalone products. In these ecosystem contexts organizations are required to manage their innovation processes in increasingly networked and complex environments. In this paper, we introduce the technology and ecosystem clockspeed measures that can be used to assess the temporal nature of technological changes in a business ecosystem. We analyze systemic changes in the personal computer (PC) ecosystem, explicitly focusing on subindustries central to the delivery of PC gaming value to the end-user. Our results show that the time-based intensity of technological competition in intertwined subindustries of a business ecosystem may follow various trajectories during the evolution of the ecosystem. Hence, the technology and ecosystem clockspeed measures are able to pinpoint alternating dynamics in technological changes amongst the subindustries in the business ecosystem. We subsequently discuss organizational considerations and theoretical implications of the proposed measures.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland

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