Transforming a Supply Chain towards a Digital Business Ecosystem

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This study describes the intervention process of transforming a peat production supply chain towards a digital business ecosystem. We conducted a series of participative, co-creative workshops to facilitate and to research the transformation process. According to our findings, a wider ecosystem perspective to transformation helped to overcome the initial motivational challenges felt by the supply chain members. In the workshops, the participants were able to create joint meanings of social, financial, and use value of digital data, and to collaboratively make decisions about the transformation towards a digital business ecosystem. This was due to the participants’ collaborative knowledge creation and negotiation processes, supported by the facilitators applying co-creative methods. Our results suggest that a developmental intervention provided a temporary governance structure for the participants to collaboratively create a shared logic for the digital business ecosystem creation.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems
Subtitle of host publicationThe Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing
EditorsH. Lödding, H. Riedel, Thoben K.-D., G. von Cieminski, D. Kiritsis
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems - Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 3 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

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NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer International
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems
Abbreviated titleAPMS
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    Research areas

  • Digital transformation , Developmental intervention, business ecosystem, Peat production, Supply Chain

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