Exploring Actors' Dynamic Roles in a Cloud Computing Innovation Ecosystem with the Triple Helix Model

Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm

Venue: Ganges Room, 1st floor, Arthur Lewis Building

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With the innovation system approach being criticized for its quasi-static analysis and ignoring evolutionary features, the “innovation ecosystem” concept has emerged to emphasize the dynamic evolutionary characteristics in an innovation system. Scholars have admitted that actor roles and interactions can lead to the evolution of an innovation ecosystem, but research on it remains limited. This study aims to bridge this gap. Drawing upon the Triple Helix model, the study studied a cloud computing innovation ecosystem in China (the ACC ecosystem) to reveal how the actors’ roles evolve within an innovation ecosystem. Based on the case results, a dynamic evolution pattern of actor roles and roles in the overlaps was disclosed. In addition, the transitional characteristic of actor roles in the Triple Helix model is confirmed. Practical implications for the three helices to play roles in innovation are given. Future research directions of using our method to explore dynamic roles of different actors in varied contexts are delineated.

Speaker: Jiaying Li, University of Manchester

This seminar is hosted by the Centre for Development Informatics.