A multi-platform collaboration innovation ecosystem: the case of China

Yu Shan Su, Zong Xi Zheng, Jin Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Innovation ecosystem is an emerging and popular concept in both academic and industrial circles. It offers a new perspective for enterprise strategy positioning. A business can create more value through a healthy innovation ecosystem. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: In this paper, the authors utilize a new triple-layer core-periphery framework to analyze Insigma Group’s multi-platform collaboration innovation ecosystem, in order to explore the architecture and heterogeneous functions inside an innovation ecosystem. Findings: The authors illustrate the components and working mechanisms of the four platforms, which function as ideation, entrepreneurship, financing and investment, and innovation, inside Insigma’s innovation ecosystem in detail, and explain how they interact and collaborate toward a shared aim of the whole innovation ecosystem. Research limitations/implications: The innovation ecosystem is an emerging concept. In this study, the authors combined two existing analytical frameworks of innovation ecosystem, and proposed a triple-layer core-periphery framework, which enable us to analyze the heterogeneity inside an innovation ecosystem. Practical implications: The authors discussed the role of government and its policies in shaping the innovation ecosystem at the enterprise level. Originality/value: The authors believe that this paper provides a holistic study of Insigma’s innovation ecosystem. The triple-layer core-periphery framework can be used to study other enterprise innovation ecosystem in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-142
Number of pages18
JournalManagement Decision
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Innovation ecosystem
  • Insigma group in China
  • Multi-platform collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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