Special Issue "Innovation Ecosystems: A Sustainability Perspective"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2020).
Interests: Innovation; Project management; quality management; Logistics; Operation management
In the last decade, the increasing globalization of markets, and the revolution 4.0, has caused profound changes in the best way to manage the innovation process. The innovation methods of the past are not adapted to the turbulence of the modern world.
In order to be competitive, companies must develop capabilities that will enable them to respond quickly to market needs.
The development of new complex products/services requires access to a distinct set of resources and skills that companies do not normally have. Thus, in order to ensure their level of competitiveness, companies are confronted with the following dilemma: to develop the skills and resources needed from their own assets, they sometimes need to make significant investments, or alternatively, use the skills and resources that can be made available by other companies in the context of an innovation ecosystem.
However, despite the fact that collaboration among companies in an innovation ecosystem has been considered unusual and indeed suspicious by many SME managers until a few years ago, nowadays it is commonly assumed that many companies will participate in an innovation ecosystem. Literature in the field has pointed out that participating in an innovation ecosystem brings benefits to the involved entities. Underlying these expectations are, amongst others, the following factors: the sharing of risks and resources, the joining of complementary skills and capacities, and access to new/wider markets and new knowledge.
In fact, there is an intuitive assumption that, when a company is a member of a long-term networked structure, it will operate more effectively in pursuit of their goals.
However, it has been difficult to support this assumption due to the lack of models that support mechanisms that explain the innovation processes in an innovation ecosystem environment.
This Special Issue will focus on open innovation and its mechanisms in order to support the promotion and sustainability of innovation ecosystems. Contributions concerning theoretical approaches as well as case studies are welcome.
Prof. António Abreu
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- Modelling and managing innovation in a collaborative environment;
- Innovation metrics in a collaborative context;
- Knowledge transfer;
- Open innovation and competitiveness;
- Open-innovation culture;
- Governance mechanisms;
- Strategies of open innovation;
- Technologies to support innovation ecosystems;
- Cases studies.