The Keystone Advantage: What the New Dynamics of Business Ecosystems Mean for Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainability (Google eBook)

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Harvard Business Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 255 pages
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In biological ecosystems, 'keystone' species maintain the healthy functioning of the entire system. Why? Because their own survival depends on it. This book argues that business ecosystems work in much the same way-one company's success depends on the success of its partners. Based on more than 10 years of research and practical experience within industries from retail to automotive to software, The Keystone Advantage outlines a framework that goes beyond maximizing internal competencies to leveraging the collective competencies of one's entire network for competitive advantage. Marco Iansiti is the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and cochair of Harvard's Ph.D. Program in Information Technology and Management. Roy Levien is an inventor at Intellectual Ventures, an intellectual property fund, and the manager and principal of Keystone Advantage LLC, a technology consultancy.
  

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Contents

Rethinking Networks
1
The Ecosystem Framework
15
Shared Fate
17
Collective Behavior
41
Ecosystem Strategies
59
Operating Strategies
61
Keystones
81
Landlords and Dominators
107
Foundations for Competition
143
Architecture Platforms and Standards
145
Integration Innovation and Adaptation
169
Market Design Operation and Competition
193
Business Ecology Managing Disruption Evolution and Sustainability
211
Notes
225
Index
243
About the Authors
255

Niche Players
123

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Page 8 - Like business networks, biological ecosystems are characterized by a large number of loosely interconnected participants who depend on each other for their mutual effectiveness and survival.

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About the author (2004)

Marco Iansitiis an HBS professor and the co-chair of Harvardís PhD program in Information Technology Management.

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