System thinking shaping innovation ecosystems

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Over the last few decades, there has been a trend to build innovation platforms as enablers for groups of companies to jointly develop new products and services. As a result, the notion of co-innovation is getting wider acceptance. However, a critical issue that is still open, despite some efforts in this area, is the lack of tools and models that explain the synergies created in a co-innovation process. In this context, the present paper aims at discussing the advantages of applying a system thinking approach to understand the mechanisms associated with co-innovation processes. Finally, based on experimental results from a Portuguese co-innovation network, a discussion on the benefits, challenges and difficulties found are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-425
Number of pages8
JournalOpen Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Case Study
  • Collaborative Networks
  • Innovation
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • System Thinking


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