The connection between innovation ecosystems and ecosystem health has not yet been understood. Several scholars call for research on this relation, as understanding ecosystem health can foster durable growth opportunities and competitive advantages for ecosystem members. Despite its strategic importance of ensuring ecosystem health for both ecosystem orchestrators and partners and initial research on potentially useful indicators, there is still little understanding of how ecosystem health can be operationalized and measured. Our Delphi study aims at understanding what health indicators are suitable for measuring innovation ecosystem health, and more importantly develops an initial framework of indicators that are identified as important by a panel of experts from industry, academia and governmental organizations. Our contribution to the literature is fourfold; first, we contribute to the innovation ecosystem research by confirming the importance of structural indicators for innovation ecosystem health measurement. Second, we contribute to innovation ecosystem literature by showing the importance of trust for innovation ecosystem health. Third, we contribute to the ecosystem literature, by showing the shift from mere technological and technological performance towards social and sustainable impact. Last, we contribute to the innovation ecosystem health, by providing an initial attempt to connect the fields of innovation ecosystems, biological ecosystems, networks, business ecosystems, software ecosystems, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
EventDRUID 2021 - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 18 Oct 202120 Oct 2021


ConferenceDRUID 2021
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