Session 3

“Managing Business Ecosystems for NBM”
Chairs: Wolfgang Vorraber, Matthias Mueller and Michael Rachinger, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Business models and their contributing actors get more and more connected. They often operate on a shared market for services and products forming an ecosystem. Initially emerged in the area of software ecosystems (e.g. Play Store, Social Media platforms) more and more ecosystems appear in other domains (e.g. automotive industry) and are increasingly relevant for New Business Models. Challenges on managing such ecosystems or even creating own ecosystems increase. A lack of knowledge exists on how ecosystems can be used to realize and leverage impact of NBMs and how this process can be managed. This management has the emerging need of tools and methods for visualization, representation and analysis of these ecosystems and the therewith connected business models. Furthermore, insights on how ecosystems influence scalability of new business models are of special interest.
This session calls for papers on theories and methods which support managing ecosystems as well as for practical case studies on business ecosystem management of New Business Models.

Building Ecosystems In Support Of Social Entrepreneurs
Abel Diaz Gonzalez1, Philippe Eiselein1, Nikolay Dentchev1,2
1Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; 2KULeuven, Belgium

Cross-sector Ecosystem for Scaling Impact of Food Sharing Platforms
Nikolay Dentchev1, Laura Michelini2, Cecilia Grieco3
1Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KULeuven, Belgium; 2LUMSA University, Italy; 3Tor Vergata University, Italy

The importance of psychological support in ecosystem for BoP entrepreneurs: The UCB Case
Diego R. Velarde Aramayo1, Nikolay A. Dentchev2,3, Abel Diaz Gonzalez2
1Universidad Católica Boliviana, Bolivia; 2Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; 3 KU Leuven, Belgium

Towards Understanding and Managing Co-Creative Communities
Matthias Müller, Wolfgang Vorraber, Wolfgang Slany
Graz University of Technology, Austria