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Ron Adner
Dartmouth College
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Oliver Alexy
Technical University of Munich
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Olga Bruyaka
West Virginia University
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Laura Poppo
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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Joost Rietveld
University College London
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Grazia D. Santangelo
Copenhagen Business School
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Erik Stam
Utrecht University
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Francesco Zirpoli
University Ca' Foscari Venezia

Innovation Ecosystems

Sponsored by the University of Groningen
at the Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre

Friday, October 23, 2020

The increased complexity of new technologies, which often rely on diverse and interconnected knowledge, has impacted the way firms conduct innovation activities. Firms are now part of innovation ecosystems where they cooperate with a diverse set of partners from business, civil society, academia and government. In such ecosystems, innovation is commonly perceived as a collective effort where knowledge creation relies on complementarities between different organizations. However, it is also acknowledged that firms can only benefit from the opportunities created by these ecosystems if they are able to adapt their organizational structures, practices and their business models.

The objective of this SMS extension workshop is to bring together a diverse set of researchers to discuss how strategic management research has reflected on the opportunities and challenges associated with innovation ecosystems. We will reflect on how the literature has evolved from analyzing collaborative innovation from dyadic and portfolio perspectives to a more integrative ecosystem approach. The workshop will start with a keynote address by Ron Adner focused on the current state of research on innovation ecosystems. This will be followed by two round tables where invited expert panelists will manage discussions around two specific topics: “Innovation Ecosystems: In Search of Unique Problems, Strategies and Practices” and “Connecting Internal and External Ecosystems”. The workshop will end with two parallel sessions where participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work on innovation ecosystems (to be submitted in advance) and get feedback from the panelists.


We are pleased to host this extension at the Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre in partnership with the University of Groningen. Groningen is the cultural and economic capital of the northern part of the Netherlands. It is a vibrant, intimate and friendly university town that combines an international atmosphere with a rich Dutch heritage. Groningen is considered the 'Safest city of the Netherlands’ and was ranked in the top 15 of happiest cities in Europe. 

Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre
Radesingel 50
9711 EK Groningen

Some rooms were pre-booked for workshop attendees. Please contact Astrid Beerta ( for additional information.

The best option is to fly from Schiphol Airport (the main airport in the Netherlands) to London. There are regular train connections between Groningen and Schiphol (every 30 minutes) and it takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to get from Groningen to Schiphol. There are several flights with KLM and British Airways to London after 8.30 pm.

Extension Organizers

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Anna Brattström
Lund University
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Pedro de Faria
University of Groningen
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Dries Faems
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management


Tentative Schedule

08.30 Opening Remarks
08.45 Keynote Ron Adner
10.00 Coffee Break
10.30 Panel: Connecting Internal and External Ecosystems
         Olga Bruyaka Collignon
         ​​​​​​​Grazia Santangelo
         Francesco Zirpoli
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Panel: Innovation Ecosystems: In Search of Unique Problems, Strategies and Practices
         Oliver Alexy
         ​​​​​​​Laura Poppo
​​​​​​​         Joost Rietvield
​​​​​​​         Erik Stam
14.15 Coffee Break
14.30 Feedback Session on Papers
15.30 Conclusion of Workshop