Harnessing Exaptation and Ecosystem Strategy for Accelerated Innovation: Lessons from the VentilatorChallengeUK


The COVID-19 crisis has underlined the need for accelerated innovation to rapidly help business solve social problems. These problems require access to capabilities and knowledge that no single organization or existing supply chain possesses. Drawing on the experience of the open innovation and rapid-scale-up achieved by the VentilatorChallengeUK to address a shortage of ventilators required by patients seriously ill with COVID-19, this article develops a framework for accelerated innovation and delivery that crosses traditional industry boundaries. It offers a series of important lessons for how open innovation, exaptation, and ecosystem strategies—backed by a set of enabling initiatives—can be used to solve multi-faceted social and business problems at speed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00081256211056651
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Advanced Services Group
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19,ecosystems,exaptation,open innovation,social innovation,ventilator,Strategy and Management
Publication ISSN: 0008-1256
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024 16:23
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 10:56
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Published Date: 2021-11-18
Published Online Date: 2021-11-18
Accepted Date: 2021-09-20
Authors: Liu, Wei
Beltagui, Ahmad (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2687-0971)
Williamson, Peter
Ye, Songhe



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