SP4- External Enablers

The future enterprise is exposed to an opportunity-rich set of external enablers, incl. technologies, business models, mega trends, etc. However, there is limited guidance on how to benefit from these enablers or insights into the process of enablement. Co-led by Dr Erwin Fielt and Professor Martin Obschonka, mentored by Professor Per Davidsson, this SP explores How can the future enterprise benefit from external enablers through impactful entrepreneurship and innovation?

This project aims to develop a theory of external enablement for impactful entrepreneurship and innovation. This theory will be supported by a framework that provides a way of thinking and communicating about external enablement. This will also be accompanied by practical tools and guidelines that can support relevant stakeholders with benefitting from external enablers.

This project is relevant for individuals (eg, entrepreneurs, managers) and organisations (eg, start-ups,SMEs, large organisations) looking for new business opportunities and for government and other organisations (eg, innovation hubs, R&D organisations) part of the larger ecosystem facilitating this.

External enablement requires understanding the process from external enablers to new economic activities. This will support managers and entrepreneurs with identifying and leveraging environmental changes that can present new business opportunities.

This project is of interest to anyone with a practical and/or academic interest in external enablement.

Anyone with a practical interest, such as entrepreneurs, mangers and policymakers can work with us to co-create practical tools and guidelines for benefitting from external enablers or developing strategies to facilitate external enablement in relation to specific domains (e.g., digital, robotics, sustainability).

Anyone with an academic interest, can contact us for sharing academic resources (see below for some selected references) and discussing opportunities for collaborative research.

 

Research Context:

The future enterprise is exposed to an opportunity-rich environment which materialises through external enablers, incl. technologies, business models, mega trends, etc. However, there is limited guidance on how to benefit from these external enablers.

Research Questions:

How can the future enterprise benefit from external enablers through impactful entrepreneurship and innovation?

 

  • How can we measure external enablers and their mechanisms?
  • How does complexity play a role in external enablement (e.g., combinations of enablers, unintended and unexpected effects)?
  • What mechanisms play a role in external enablement and how do they emerge in practice?
  • How do ecosystems play a role in enabling stat-ups and incumbents to benefit from external enablers?

Research Scope:

In scope: development of products, services, business models, industries and successful places through leveraging external enablers

Out of scope: How agents change the environment

 

Research Aim:

Develop a model for external enablement to guide impactful entrepreneurship and innovation and create practical tools can support the future enterprise in benefitting from external enablers.

 

Actions in 2021:

  • SP4-A1: Conduct pilot project with ARM Hub
  • SP4-A2: Collect experimental data on external enablers
  • SP4-A3: Develop an extended external enablement framework (ecosystems, incumbents)
  • SP4-A4: Develop practical tools for external enablement
  • SP4-A5: Host a workshop on external enablement with ecosystem stakeholders

Deliverables in 2021:

  • Extended external enablement framework (ecosystems, incumbents)
  • Practical tools to support the future enterprise in benefitting from external enablers
  • Paper 1 submitted to [conference]
  • Paper 2 submitted to {journal}
  • ARC Linkage submission

Industry Partners:

  • ARM Hub