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    Inclusive Innovation in MedTech - Assessing Ecosystems to Leverage Novel Technologies
    (TU Dresden, 2014-09-22)
    Medical devices save lives and improve the health and quality of life. The global market for medical devices has increased from $ 245 billion in 2005 to $ 368 billion in 2014 with an estimate of reaching $ 440 billion by 2018.1,2,3 Yet with ever increasing healthcare costs, the affordability of high quality treatment is becoming more expensive for all involved stakeholders - patients, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies - threatening to widen the gap between those that have access to the best treatments and those that do not. It is therefore of critical importance that we foster inclusive innovation in healthcare by leveraging novel technological advancements and by building a multi-stakeholder ecosystem. This project seeks to address the following two inter-related topics: (1) Assessing emerging trends in MedTech and their potential for increasing healthcare access of otherwise excluded communities; in particular trends in 3D printing. (2) Employing a multi-stakeholder ecosystem approach to study a variety of approaches for leveraging these new technologies and ensuring that otherwise excluded communities have equal access to these medical technologies.
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    Fostering Sustainable Innovation Within Organizations
    (Springer, 2014) ;
    Fischler-Strasak, Ursula
    Weidinger, Christina
    Fischler, Franz
    Schmidpeter, René
    Over the past years many corporate business leaders have started to shift their strategy from a pure profit seeking one towards a balance in simultaneously striving to achieve economic, environmental and social goals (Elkington 1998; Preuss 2007; Roth 2009). As a result, challenges on the sustainability agenda have emerged as a new source of opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage (Fichter 2006; Hockerts 2008; Hansen et al. 2009). Research has shown that entrepreneurs are the main drivers of innovation, economic growth and social change (Audretsch 2002); hence, organizations try to adopt entrepreneurial approaches in order to spur their own innovativeness (Hamel 1999; Ireland et al. 2009). However, as recent publications have discussed, the promotion of entrepreneurship is a difficult and multifaceted issue requiring the consideration of dynamic processes describing the interplay of multiple external factors, local conditions and the individual innovators (Isenberg 2010; Krueger 2012; Vogel 2013). These difficulties are particularly distinct when discussing sustainable innovation, as risk-related reluctance in instigating this kind of innovation can still be observed among corporate leaders (Hall 2002). If established companies plan to take part in creating tomorrow's economy, it will be necessary for them to challenge prevailing assumptions about innovation processes (Hamel 1999). The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the main success factors of entrepreneurial ecosystems and discuss ways how to assimilate these in an organizational context.
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