The nature of the co-evolutionary process: complex product development in the mobile computing industry's business ecosystem

Gordon Liu, Ke Rong

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Abstract

A business ecosystem is a community that consists of various levels of interdependent firms which co-evolve in an ongoing cycle and constantly renew themselves. Through undertaking an in-depth, qualitative study of multinational companies in the mobile computing industry based in the Great China region, the UK and the USA, we explore the nature of the co-evolutionary process and its influence on complex product development. We find that this process consists of three domains of activity: co-vision, co-design, and co-create. We also find that each domain of activity plays a different but important role in stimulating collaborative innovation for complex product development in the mobile computing industry’s business ecosystem. We also discuss the implications for theory and future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-842
Number of pages24
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Volume40
Issue number6
Early online date6 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • business ecosystem
  • co-evolutionary process
  • business community
  • collaborative innovation
  • mobile computing industry
  • new product development

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