Quotation Reischauer, Georg, Güttel, Wolfgang H., Schüßler, Elke. 2021. Aligning the design of intermediary organisations with the ecosystem. Industry & Innovation. 28 (5), 594-619.




Intermediary organisations such as technology transfer organisations (TTOs) are an important mechanism of open ecosystem governance, as they support how ecosystem participants search for knowledge. While scholars have identified TTO activities to support knowledge search, little is known about how these activities relate to the structural dimensions of TTOs or ecosystem-level factors. We propose that ecosystem search scope and problem complexity are key ecosystem-level factors that influence how TTOs support knowledge search. We further argue that coupling, specialisation, centralisation, and formalisation are the key structural dimensions of TTOs. We combine these arguments to develop TTO designs that detail the interplay of the structural dimensions and activities of a TTO given varying ecosystem-level factors. Our paper contributes to research on the open governance of ecosystems, ecosystem structures, and the ecosystem structure–intermediary organisations relation.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Industry & Innovation
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, VW-D, WH-B
Language English
Title Aligning the design of intermediary organisations with the ecosystem
Volume 28
Number 5
Year 2021
Page from 594
Page to 619
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13662716.2021.1879737
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2021.1879737
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13662716.2021.1879737?needAccess=true


Reischauer, Georg (Details)
Güttel, Wolfgang H. (TUW, Austria)
Schüßler, Elke (JKU, Austria)
Institute for Strategic Management IN (Details)
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