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Paradox at an inter-firm level: a coopetition lens
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2017 (English)In: The Oxford handbook of organizational paradox / [ed] Wendy K. Smith, Marianne W. Lewis, Paula Jarzabkowski and Ann Langley, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, p. 296-314Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on coopetition (i.e., simultaneous pursuit of cooperation and competition between firms) as a manifestation of paradox at an inter-firm level, and develops a nuanced understanding of the resulting paradoxical tension by bringing its micro-foundations into focus. The authors suggest that unlike the paradox that manifests at the inter-firm level (or organizational level), tension is experienced by individual actors, and comprises ambivalent cognitions, emotions, and their interplay. The authors further suggest that paradoxical tension is most productive when maintained at a moderate level, and for that firms need to develop a multilevel operating capability. The suggested theory provides novel and useful insights to advance the research on paradoxes at inter-firm and organizational levels.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. p. 296-314
Keywords [en]
paradox, coopetition, tension, emotional ambivalence, managing capability
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138781DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198754428.013.16ISBN: 978-0-19-875442-8 (print)ISBN: 978-0-19-181596-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138781DiVA, id: diva2:1137313
Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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