Innovation Ecosystem Emergence Barriers: Institutional Perspective
- Argyro Almpanopoulou, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
- Paavo Ritala, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
- Kirsimarja Blomqvist, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
AbstractInnovation ecosystems are built around new technologies, ideas, and innovations and their supporting actors and structures. However, the emergence of ecosystems is constrained by a host of institutional, system-level barriers in the existing organizational field that inhibit the legitimacy, resourcing, and growth of new initiatives. Through an empirical study in the Finnish energy sector, we find a strong and interdependent set of regulative, normative, and cultural–cognitive barriers that restrict the emergence of innovation ecosystems with new technologies. In particular, we identify a set of barriers and related field-sustaining mechanisms. The findings offer important implications for the theory and practice of innovation ecosystem emergence and related system-level barriers.
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