Session 8

Evolution and Ecosystems

Track A

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012


Time: 17:00 – 18:15


Room: Meeting Room 230B

Session Chair:

  • Stephen B Tallman, University of Richmond

Title: Competing and Co-operating with China: The Case of the Solar Industry


  • Usha Haley, West Virginia University
  • Doug Schuler, Rice University

Abstract: The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has experienced great transition in the last decade captured in shifting trade flows, manufacturing loci, governmental policies, and core technologies. Our paper explores the market (competitive) and non-market (political) strategies undertaken by firms across Chinese, German and US supply chains to manage this transition. Conflicting governmental policies increase turbulence for this global industry. Firms also face industrial environments ranging from highly competitive to oligopolistic. Our analysis suggests that firms’ market and non-market strategies need co-ordination, which firms currently are not undertaking. Non-market strategies appear ad hoc and reactive after market strategies have incurred political opposition. Firms’ strategies also affect and are molded by national-competitiveness and social-welfare considerations, and we analyze some effects with regards to the USA and China.

Title: How Platform Resources Influence Third-Parties’ New Products Development Performance


  • Fang Huang, Hohai University
  • Yang Zhang, Hohai University
  • Zhen Tang, Hohai University

Abstract: With the prevalent researches on platform management theory emerging from the 1990s and platform economy theory emerging recently , there are increasing platform researches nowadays. The application of platform technology to build technology platform ,which can make batch-type production and easily engender scale economy, is attached great importance by scholars. But there are few studies about third-parties and platform resources. This proposal firstly reviewed platform concepts, initially clarify platform resources into technology aspect and business aspect. Then the influences of platform resources on dynamic capacities of R&D group of third-parties was indicated. At last it gave out a preliminary concept model and variable settings about the next-step research. This research would have great significance to enterprises in China ,because most of them are third-parties living in the platform ecosystems.

Title: Strategic Capabilities of Emerging Business Ecosystems: Case Studies from the Chinese Electric Vehicle Industry


  • Tianjiao Shang, University of Cambridge
  • Feifan Chang, University of Cambridge
  • Yongjiang Shi, University of Cambridge

Abstract: The success of firms is not only determined by their internal capabilities, but also the fact that individual firms acknowledge themselves to be a part of a business ecosystem, while being able to compete and cooperate with other ecosystem players simultaneously. In fact, firms may fail if the overall conditions of their business ecosystem deteriorate that this connected fate between the individual firms and their macro milieu signals the importance of the study of business ecosystems from a holistic perspective. The purpose of this research is to extend business ecosystem theories through exploring the strategic capabilities that enable the transformation of business ecosystems from one stage to the next along its life-cycle.

Title: The Evolutionary Road Towards Innovating in China: The Development of Global Innovation Capability Within MNCs


  • Wen Pan Fagerlin, Lund University
  • Christian Koch, Lund University

Abstract: A recent trend shows that multinational corporations (MNCs) are increasingly distributing their innovation activities towards the emerging markets such as China. Based on an empirical case study within two Chinese business units of a Swedish multinational engineering corporation, this paper attempts to explore the challenges of developing firms’ innovation capability in China. Our findings show that globally distributed R&D activities and dispersed innovation processes have resulted in an utterly complex situation. The evolutionary road towards innovating in China encounters the obstacles from: (1) lack of knowledge and experience; (2) internal competition; and (3) boundary object. In a knowledge-based view, the paper suggests knowledge sharing across intra-organizational boundaries as one of the central capability-building mechanisms for the development of MNCs’ global innovation capability.

All Sessions in Track A...

Sat: 09:00 – 09:30
Session 35: Conference Welcome
Sat: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 30: Keynote Plenary Panel: Competing and Cooperating in and for China
Sat: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 4: Competition and Adaptation
Session 11: Firm Boundaries and Growth
Session 19: Global Strategy
Session 26: Entrepreneurship in China
Sat: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 31: Plenary Panel II: Collaborative Strategies in and for China
Sat: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 6: CSR and Sustainable Development
Session 7: Entrepreneurship
Session 9: Executives and Incentives
Session 22: Panel: Innovation
Session 24: Managing Innovation Strategies
Sat: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 5: Corporate Governance
Session 8: Evolution and Ecosystems
Session 10: FDI
Session 12: Innovation Strategy
Session 27: FDI and Institutions
Sun: 09:00 – 10:15
Session 32: Plenary Panel III: Corporate Governance and Executive Leadership in the Age of Globalization
Sun: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 13: Institutions
Session 15: Internationalization II
Session 16: Networks
Session 29: Resources and Capabilities
Sun: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 33: Plenary Panel IV: Strategic Management Research in China - What is Next?
Sun: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 3: Alliances and Cooperation
Session 14: Internationalization I
Session 17: Social Capital
Session 28: Governance, Knowledge, and Cooperation
Sun: 17:00 – 18:00
Session 34: Executives Plenary Panel: Innovation Strategy in China

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