ABRI Research Seminar Dennis van Kampen


16:00 - 17:00

HG 5A-37

Manoeuvring legacy ecosystems: innovations in healthcare

Dennis van Kampen

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to attend the first PhD Research Seminar of the year given by Dennis van Kampen (KIN Center for Digital Innovation). Please find the abstract and bio below.
The Research Seminar will take place on Tuesday, October 16, from 16:00 – 17:00 in room HG 5A-37. Drinks will follow the seminar at 17:00 in The Basket.
This seminar is part of the ABRI Research Seminars course.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (m.t.stori@vu.nl), latest on Friday, October 12.
We study the early stages of materializing new innovations in established ecosystems. While the current literature seems to assume that ecosystem relations can be entirely created from scratch, we focus instead on the implications of existing ecosystem relations for innovations which we refer to as legacy relations. We studied this in a healthcare setting from the perspective of an incumbent innovator that we name HealthCo. Healthcare is a mature and highly regulated industry with a heterogeneous yet relatively stable set of actors, such as healthcare providers, insurers, patients, governmental institutions, and technology suppliers. We conducted a comparative case study and followed four corporate ventures of HealthCo in their efforts to materialize a new innovative idea in a rigid and established ecosystem. Our study illuminates that different constraints emerge related to the legacy relations of envisioned ecosystem participants and that of the own organization. We find that incumbent innovators need to address the demands of legacy relations to move their new innovations forward. We identified three viable strategies to address legacy: conforming, circumventing, and transforming. Our findings explain that materializing new innovations in ecosystems is a process that requires not only initiating new relations but also reconfiguring legacy relations. For organizations this indicates that they may need an intentional strategy to address legacy concerns.
Dennis van Kampen is a PhD Candidate of the KIN Research Group at the VU University in Amsterdam. He holds a MSc in Business Administration (Strategy & Organization) from VU University Amsterdam,and a MSc in Public Administration (Governance & Management of Complex Systems) from Erasmus University Rotterdam. As part of his research, he focusses on crossover collaborations and digital innovations.