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Use Five Lessons From Biological Ecosystems in Your Business Ecosystem Strategy

Published: 29 June 2017

ID: G00331613

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton


Digital innovation is changing the way we think about organizations, from structures and processes to business ecosystems. Biological ecosystems give EA and technology innovation leaders five surprising insights into business ecosystems to help them build a world-class EA practice.

Table Of Contents


  • Ecosystems as Strategic Thinking
    • Ecosystems Encompass a Diverse Range of Participants, Each Playing a Different Role
    • Ecosystems Are Open and Dynamic, Constantly Adapting to Change
    • Ecosystems Are Defined by the Relationships and Exchanges That Compose It
    • Ecosystems Are Self-Organizing, With No Single Actor in Charge
    • Ecosystems Have a Degree of Resilience, but, When Stressed, They Can Undergo Regime Shifts

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