The Relationship between Resource Dependence and Power in Business Ecosystems: A Design Science Approach

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Presented by Dr Sabrina Schneider

Lectures, talks and seminars

School of Management

12th Mar 2019 11:00am to 12th Mar 2019 12:00pm

Room MZ01, Mezzanine Floor, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus

Business ecosystems—a highly complex form of joint value creation activities between partly loosely connected, but highly interdependent actors—is becoming incr

Engaging in ecosystems requires incumbent firms to engage in new partnerships—with partners that might include competitors or unknown actors from foreign industries. In such contexts, individual stakeholder utility functions are often opaque, as ecosystem members hesitate to reveal details of their strategy. Objective of this paper is to develop a tool that visualizes an individual ecosystem member’s dependencies and power opportunities within the ecosystem. Building on social exchange and resource dependence theories, we apply a design science research approach to develop an ecosystem illustration. This tool supports managers in deriving strategic implications for how they engage with the ecosystem. Furthermore, by exploring the relationship between interdependencies and power in the ecosystem context, it contributes to the emerging management theory on ecosystems.

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Speaker Bios

Sabrina Schneider is an Assistant Professor for Technology Management at the University of Kassel, Germany. She holds a PhD from EBS University for Business and Law, Germany. Her research centres on the strategic implications of digital technologies on business and society.