Managing SMEs' Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries Within a Regional Business Ecosystem

Radziwon, A., & Bogers, M. 2018. Managing SMEs’ collaboration across organizational boundaries within a regional business ecosystem. In W. Vanhaverbeke, F. Frattini, N. Roijakkers, & M. Usman (Eds.), Researching Open Innovation in SMEs: 213-248. Singapore: World Scientific.

36 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2018

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Agnieszka Radziwon

Aarhus University; University of Southern Denmark - Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation

Marcel Bogers

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO); University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: January 1, 2018

Abstract

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often engage in relationships with external partners that complement their activities in improving their products and services in order to maintain their market share in a competitive landscape. In this chapter, we present a case that focuses on SMEs’ perspective on managing and organizing inter-company collaboration within a regional business. We explore how purposefully managed mutual knowledge flows across organizational boundaries applied by SMEs contribute to the development of the ecosystem they are immersed in. Our key findings include insights into the advantages offered by being embedded within regional ecosystem boundaries, such as low transaction costs and reduced risks of opportunistic behaviors, environmental opportunities for external knowledge sourcing or increase of the sphere of influence. We also highlight accompanied challenges, such as low autonomy and control over the partners and indicate shared issues and responsibilities crucial for further ecosystem development. As a conclusion, we offer a set of recommendations both for managers and policymakers concerning general organizational requirements and governing structures.

Keywords: Open innovation, ecosystem, SME, boundaries

Suggested Citation

Radziwon, Agnieszka and Bogers, Marcel, Managing SMEs' Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries Within a Regional Business Ecosystem (January 1, 2018). Radziwon, A., & Bogers, M. 2018. Managing SMEs’ collaboration across organizational boundaries within a regional business ecosystem. In W. Vanhaverbeke, F. Frattini, N. Roijakkers, & M. Usman (Eds.), Researching Open Innovation in SMEs: 213-248. Singapore: World Scientific.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3128760

Agnieszka Radziwon

Aarhus University ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus, 8000
Denmark

University of Southern Denmark - Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation ( email )

Denmark

Marcel Bogers (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) ( email )

Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

University of California, Berkeley

Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation
F402 Hass School of Business, #1930
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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