Understanding how firms and other stakeholders cooperate and exploit networked resources is the topic of this special issue. Increasingly, owning resources appears to be less relevant to contemporary organisations than having access to resourceful networks.
The idea for editing this Special Issue followed an International Research Symposium held at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany in June 2017. The participants showcased how business activities extending beyond the focal firm and into a dynamic relational space which connects stakeholders, other firms and industry participants in changing ecosystems becomes a key consideration. Today, organisations need to take into account the interplay between local activities in regional clusters and those embedded in global value chains. Their various value creation activities may follow different organisational principles – exchange modes vary between market, hierarchy and cooperative governance forms. The concept of cultivating and accessing resourceful networks is significant in this context.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Research Symposium on Networks in Changing Business Ecosystems, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Firm resources, strategy and networks
- Disruptive business models and networks
- Entrepreneurial ecosystems
- Small businesses in networks
- Cross-border clusters and networks
- Public policy in regional networks
- Network and cluster governance
- Innovation networks and open innovation
- Regional resources/locational advantage
- Barriers and enablers of changing business ecosystems
- Novel methods in analysing business networks in changing business ecosystems