In the face of the digital transformation, firms are increasingly competing by innovating together with other firms in innovation ecosystems. Understood as interconnected firms that are linked via a core firm, innovation ecosystems create and appropriate new value through innovation. Extant research has mainly focused on the strategies that core firms in an ecosystem use to innovate. Little is however known about the strategies that non-core firms use in response to the strategies of core firms. Such knowledge is strongly needed given the interdependence of all firms in an ecosystem.
ECORES aims to specify the nature and antecedents of ecosystem response strategies by studying firms in the clean technology industry in Upper Austria with multiple qualitative methods. The expected findings will initiate a fundamental shift in perspective to study innovation ecosystems. Moreover, for research on sociotechnical
transitions, ECORES puts forward an important new view to utilize ecosystems as vehicle to promote socio-technical transitions on a large scale.