Business Ecosystems and Platforms: Towards a Shared Understanding

Günter Müller-Stewens, Joachim Stonig
2019 Die Unternehmung. Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice  
The term ecosystem is currently attracting enormous interest among managers, consultants and researchers. Unfortunately, in some areas it has also become a fashionable "buzzword" used in an almost inflationary way. As a result, our understanding of what exactly an ecosystem is-and what it is not-in a business context has expanded considerably as well. We have therefore taken the authors' conference on this special issue as an opportunity to seek a common understanding of the key terms used in
more » ... e context of ecosystems. Business ecosystems are an organizational form that enables coordination between independent but complementary players around a shared value proposition, thus creating added value.
doi:10.5771/0042-059x-2019-4-381 fatcat:64euobw7ibhetogv3bp32wsvbe