Business environments have become more complex and interdependent. As the organisations in a business ecosystem interact, the ecosystem naturally evolves but rather than just relying on that process, it is possible to design them purposefully, and create a fit which works for you.
Actively managing your position and fit in an ecosystem requires a rich understanding of the ecosystem and the ways in which it creates its value (and the different ‘currencies’ of that value) for its members. Ideally, each organisation monitors and contributes to the health of the ecosystem itself, its adaptation/evolution, and the integration of its members.
Fractal has developed a toolkit for understanding and shaping business ecosystems.