Industry Transformation and Collaboration: To Drive and to Be Driven from an Evolutionary Perspective - Conceptualisation and First Empirical Findings

27 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2006

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Martin Gersch

Free University of Berlin (FUB); Ruhr Universität Bochum

Christian Goeke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics

Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

To analyze a widely observable phenomenon - Industry Transformation - adequately, the authors suggest an approach by paradigmatically compatible evolutionary theories on two interrelating levels: the market level (to be analyzed from a New Austrian Economics' perspective) and the firm level (to be analyzed with the Competence-based Theory of the Firm). Delphi-analysis and case study research within the German healthcare sector revealed that various forms of collaboration have a crucial role in and for industry transformation processes. Predominant forms of collaboration which can be observed in transforming industries are 'closing-gap alliances', 'option networks' and 'steering alliances'. The paper endeavors on characterizing these three forms of collaboration against the above-mentioned theoretical background. It turns out that they are sometimes very much 'driven' by industry transformation, but often a means to further 'drive' the change processes.

Keywords: Market Process Theory, Competence-based Theory of the Firm, industry transformation, alliances, networks

JEL Classification: I11, L22, M10, M13, O30

Suggested Citation

Gersch, Martin and Goeke, Christian and Freiling, Jörg, Industry Transformation and Collaboration: To Drive and to Be Driven from an Evolutionary Perspective - Conceptualisation and First Empirical Findings (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=928212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.928212

Martin Gersch (Contact Author)

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

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Ruhr Universität Bochum ( email )

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Bochum, 44780
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Christian Goeke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

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Germany

Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

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Germany
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