Convergent innovation in emerging healthcare technology ecosystems: Addressing complexity and integration

Mark A. Phillips, Tomás S. Harrington, Jagjit Singh Srai

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Abstract

Precision Medicine and Digital Health are emerging areas in healthcare, and they are underpinned by convergent or cross-industry innovation. However, convergence results in greater uncertainty and complexity in terms of technologies, value networks, and organization. There has been limited empirical research on emerging and convergent ecosystems, especially in addressing the issue of integration. This research identifies how organizations innovate in emerging and convergent ecosystems, specifically, how they address the challenge of integration. We base our research on empirical analyses using a series of longitudinal case studies employing a combination of case interviews, field observations, and documents. Our findings identify a need to embrace the complexity by adopting a variety of approaches that balance “credibility-seeking” and “advantage-seeking” behaviours, to navigate, negotiate, and nurture both the innovation and ecosystem, in addition to a combination of “analysis” and “synthesis” actions to manage aspects of integration. We contribute to the convergent innovation agenda and provide practical approaches for innovators in this domain.innovation and ecosystem, with a combination of ‘analysis’ and ‘synthesis’ actions to manage aspects of integration. We contribute to the convergent innovation agenda and provide practical approaches for innovators in this domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-54
Number of pages11
JournalTechnology Innovation Management Review
Volume7
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Healthcare
  • Convergent Innovation
  • Integration
  • Complexity
  • Ecosystems

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