Innovation ecosystems : what makes them responsive during emergencies?

Sahasranamam, Sreevas and Soundararajan, Vivek (2022) Innovation ecosystems : what makes them responsive during emergencies? British Journal of Management, 33 (1). pp. 369-389. ISSN 1045-3172 (https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12553)

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine what makes an innovation ecosystem responsive during emergencies. We studied the innovation ecosystem within Kerala (India) during emergencies that led to two emergency-oriented innovations, namely KeralaRescue (developed for Kerala Floods 2018) and CoronaSafe (developed for COVID-19), drawing on insights from strategic agility and institutional theory literature. We identified the enactment of three meta-capabilities of agility by the innovation ecosystem, which made it responsive during the emergencies, namely, eco-centric strategic sensitivity, eco-centric resource fluidity and eco-centric collective commitment. Further, we found that cognitive, structural and symbolic institutional arrangements facilitated the enactment of these eco-centric strategic agility meta-capabilities within the innovation ecosystem during the emergency. Our paper advances theory on innovation ecosystems and strategic agility, and generates implications for innovators and policymakers, developing solutions for COVID-19 and other emergencies.

ORCID iDs

Sahasranamam, Sreevas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9418-4493 and Soundararajan, Vivek;