Organisations as ecosystems: the case of television production

Doyle, G. (2022) Organisations as ecosystems: the case of television production. In: Baumann, S. (ed.) Handbook on Digital Business Ecosystems: Strategies, Platforms, Technologies, Governance and Societal Challenges. Series: Research handbooks in business and management series. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, pp. 80-92. ISBN 9781839107184

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The ‘ecosystems’ metaphor is often deployed in analysis of patterns of interdependence between actors across the digital business environment. However, as this chapter argues, the growing scale and complexity of some digital organisations is such that they can be seen ecosystems in their own right. As digitisation has transformed markets and business models, one form of evolutionary response amongst organisations has been to develop in-house systems of components and subsidiaries that operate interdependently within an overarching corporate ecosystem. Drawing on original research, this chapter examines how changing technologies have encouraged takeovers and consolidation in the television production industry. The emergence of enlarged production entities characterised by myriads of interdependent in-house operating subsidiaries (e.g. All3Media) has resulted in organisations that can be seen as functioning ecosystems. Although a logical strategic response to digitisation and globalisation, such consolidation also raises potential concern about the future sustainability of an ‘independent’ sector.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Professor Gillian
Authors: Doyle, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Sabine Baumann
First Published:First published in Handbook on Digital Business Ecosystems: Strategies, Platforms, Technologies, Governance and Societal Challenges: 80-92
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173128Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and SustainabilityGillian DoyleEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N015258/1Arts - TF&TV Studies