Design and Innovation Research Seminar

D&I Keithley Professorship in Technology Mgmt Candidate

Sponsored by: Department of Design and Innovation

Speaker(s): Dr. Satish Nambisan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Date & Time: Thursday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Platform-based innovation ecosystems provide a new environment for venture creation. Membership in these ecosystems offers several benefits to new ventures (e.g., access to established markets, access to IP, enhanced reputation, etc.). At the same time, new ventures (and entrepreneurs) face critical challenges associated with the dependencies inherent as a platform follower. In this presentation, I will discuss two studies that consider some of the factors that shape these dependencies and their impact on venture performance in innovation ecosystems. The first study focuses on new venture’s initial technology and market positioning strategies in a platform-based ecosystem—that reflect the platform-based dependencies—and examines their impact on venture growth (in terms of the number of new offerings). The second study focuses on entrepreneurs’ capabilities to manage the role conflict that ensue from the dual roles they play in innovation ecosystems (as ecosystem follower and independent company leader); specifically, it examines how entrepreneurs’ self-regulatory capabilities moderate the impact of role-conflict on venture performance. The findings from these two studies together underline the need to carefully consider firm-level strategies and individual-level capabilities that shape venture’s ability to navigate platform-based dependencies in innovation ecosystems and hold implications for future research and practice in this area.

Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 203
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

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