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The Digital Business Ecosystem

Edited by Angelo Corallo, Researcher, Scuola Superiore ISUFI, University of Lecce, Giuseppina Passiante, Professor of Management, Scuola Superiore ISUFI, University of Lecce and Andrea Prencipe, Professor, LUISS University, Italy
By bringing together elements of a radical new approach to the firm based on a biological metaphor of the ecosystem, this unique book extends the limits of existing theories traditionally used to investigate business networks.
Extent: 264 pp
Hardback Price: $128.00 Web: $115.20
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 043 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Organisation Studies
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Organisational Innovation
By bringing together elements of a radical new approach to the firm based on a biological metaphor of the ecosystem, this unique book extends the limits of existing theories traditionally used to investigate business networks.

The book illustrates that like a biological system, a business ecosystem is a non-homogeneous community of entities made up of a large number of interconnected participants with different interests; they depend on each other for their mutual effectiveness and survival, and so are bound together in a collective whole. By applying this new paradigm – labelled the ‘digital business ecosystem’ – the book goes on to show:

• methods used by companies to compete and cooperate within their market and technological environment
• how modern businesses shape this environment through their deliberate actions and investment
• the ways in which new digital technologies feed into the environment and influence how firms and groups of firms compete and cooperate.

Combining scientific depth with a rigorous and multidisciplinary approach, the contributors to this unique work take significant steps in opening up the debate on the digital business ecosystem concept. As such, this book will prove a fascinating resource for academics with an interest in technology and innovation management, economics of innovation, and economics of technological change.
Contributors: M. Boisot, E. Brynjolfsson, J. Child, A. Corallo, P. Dini, R.M. Grant, M. Hobday, C.-L. Lam, R. Laubacher, S.K. Majumdar, J. Molas-Gallart, S. Mukherji, F. Nachira, G. Passiante, A. Prencipe, J. Quimby, J. Ramachandran, P. Tang, G. Urban, M. Van Alstyne, D. Verrill, P.J. Williamson
Contents:

Foreword
Aldo Romano

Preface
Michael Hobday

Introduction
Angelo Corallo, Giuseppina Passiante and Andrea Prencipe

PART I: DIGITAL BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS: THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS
1. The Business Ecosystem as a Multiple Dynamic Network
Angelo Corallo

2. The Paradigm of Structural Coupling in Digital Ecosystems
Paolo Dini and Francesco Nachira

PART II: THE ORGANIZATIONAL DIMENSION OF DIGITAL BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS
3. The Quest for New Organizational Forms: The Strange Case of Open Source Software Communities
Robert M. Grant

4. From a National to a Metanational Ecosystem: Harnessing the Value of Global Knowledge Diversity
Peter J. Williamson

PART III: EMPIRICAL STUDIES ON DIGITAL BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS
5. Network of Relationships in the Indian Software Industry: A Novel Business Ecosystem?
J. Ramachandran and Sourav Mukherji

6. The Growing Volatility of the Global Economy from a Complex System Perspective
Chuan-Leong Lam

7. China and the New Economy: A Case of Convergence?
Max Boisot and John Child

PART IV: TOOLS AND FRAMEWORKS FOR DIGITAL BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS
8. The Management of Intellectual Property in the Digital Business Ecosystem
Puay Tang and Jordi Molas-Gallart

9. MAP-STEPS: A Framework for Opportunity Assessment and Development of a Sustainable Business Model for eBusiness
Swapan Kumar Majumdar

10. Tools and Frameworks for Digital Business Ecosystems
Erik Brynjolfsson, John Quimby, Glen Urban, Marshall Van Alstyne and David Verrill

11. Enabling the Flexible Enterprise – RFID and Smart Devices
Robert Laubacher

Index