Enhancing innovation ecosystems for a sustainable world in times of dramatic change
• 大类 : 管理学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：工业 - 1区
• 小类 : 管理学 - 1区
• 小类 : 运筹学与管理科学 - 1区
Angelo Cavallo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (email@example.com) (SI corresponding author)
Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli, Politecnico di Bari, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marcus Holgersson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (email@example.com)
Umberto Panniello, Politecnico di Bari, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vareska van de Vrande, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (email@example.com)
Massimo G. Colombo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Special issue information:
Motivation for Special Issue
This special issue (SI) will examine how innovation ecosystems can contribute to a more sustainable world in times of dramatic change. Global warming, pandemics and wars are dramatically transforming the context in which people and organizations operate. These external shocks are creating the condition for the start of a deglobalization process. Deglobalization implies a decline in global flows of people, trades, and investments which inevitably affects that same collaborative and systemic efforts at the very core of innovation ecosystems (Granstrand and Holgersson; 2020; Nylund et al., 2022).
Dramatic changes are introduced also by an unprecedented technological progress such as the emergence of “deep tech” innovation. Deep tech innovation aims to provide concrete solutions to our societal problems by finding its source in deep interaction with the most recent scientific and technological advances (European Commission, 2021). Yet, technological progress may come with a “dark side” (Nambisan and Baron, 2021). For example, power concertation in a platform-based innovation ecosystem may undermine competition but also it may lead to increasing economic divide across nations, regions, and local communities – which can ultimately make our world less sustainable (Cutolo and Kenney, 2021).
For decades, we experienced an increasingly interconnected and globalized world that fostered collaborations, shaping our understanding of value creation and capture in innovation ecosystems (Cavallo et al., 2022). However, current events have drastically altered this landscape, urging scholars to develop new insights on addressing grand societal challenges and redefining the role of innovation ecosystems in a less globalized world deeply shaped by technological progress.
This SI aims to provide a more solid understanding of the policies and strategies to enhance innovation ecosystem initiation, unfolding, and emergence for sustainable purposes, particularly in times of dramatic change. The topic is of utmost relevance especially in the light of a new reconfiguration of markets following revolutionary changes such as the progress of new technologies (e.g., platformization and deep-tech) and deglobalization, which can spur inequalities across nations, regions, and local communities in the world.
Specific areas addressed
Platformization and AI technologies. Platformization and AI technologies are widening the set of innovations opportunities (Gambardella et al., 2021), together with a high risk of concentrated power in the hands of a few, impacting the overall sustainability of economic systems. We seek contributions that shed lights on how to face challenges and opportunities triggered by platformization and AI technologies in innovation ecosystems.
Deep-tech innovation. Despite the growing awareness of the need for substantial support in "deep tech" innovation to address societal challenges, innovation ecosystem research rarely explores nurturing such innovation. We welcome papers reflecting on novel business models and industry evolutions (Vittori et al., 2022), collaborations, financial instruments, and policy measures to support and foster a "deep tech" innovation ecosystem for a sustainable world.
Deglobalization. While innovation becomes more open and less bounded, the world is witnessing the deglobalization, hence leading to polarized and more closed economic systems. We welcome studies that explore how innovation ecosystem adapt in such a new environment to still cope with grand societal challenges, with a particular emphasis on the microfoundations of ecosystems (Felin and Foss, 2023; Cosenz et al., 2023).
Given the above arguments, examples of possible topics that are worthy of exploration are (but are not limited to):
How can firms create and share value in (platform-based) innovation ecosystems for sustainable purposes in times of dramatic change?
How is and should value be distributed in innovation ecosystems to promote innovation and value creation while balancing private and public interests?
What policies and strategies can be more effective for enabling the transition of traditional business towards the platform-based economy for sustainable purposes in times of dramatic change?
How can novel technologies, as AI, foster innovation ecosystems and stakeholder strategies in developing solution for the grand societal challenges?
What are the distinctive implications for innovation ecosystems of deep-tech innovations? What is unique to deep-tech innovation ecosystems? How do they differ from other ecosystems?
How do firms create and deliver value in innovation ecosystem for sustainable purposes leveraging on deep-tech?
What are the policies and strategies that can support and nurture a “deep tech” innovation ecosystem for a more sustainable world?
How should innovation ecosystems be engaged to promote the diffusion and scaling of deep-tech solutions?
How is de-globalization affecting existing innovation ecosystems and their contribution for sustainable purposes?
How is de-globalization creating new conditions for the emergence of new innovation ecosystems for sustainable purposes?
Is de-globalization leading us to develop national or regional systems of innovation, rather than global innovation ecosystems, and can organizations do to survive and thrive in that process?
What strategies and policies are organizations adopting in innovation ecosystems to face de- globalization and continuing?
How does de-globalization influence the microfoundations of innovation ecosystems for sustainable purposes?