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Co-opetition dynamics – an outline for further inquiry
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2010 (English)In: Competitiveness Review: An International Journal, ISSN 1059-5422, Vol. 20, no 2, 194-214 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to conceptually develop the understanding of co-opetitiondynamics and to enhance the conceptual clarity of co-opetition by developing a definition based onprevious research efforts.Design/methodology/approach – This conceptual paper integrates various approaches to theconcept co-opetition into a definition that holds for co-opetitive interactions across multiple levels.Different co-opetitive interactions and the resulting dynamics are discussed by drawing uponcompetition and cooperation theories. The paper concludes with an agenda for further research onco-opetition dynamics.Findings – The paper outlines how different types of co-opetitive interactions result in archetypicalsituations where the dynamics of co-opetition are present as well as where the dynamics of co-opetitionare missing due to a lack of balance between cooperation and competition. It notes four co-opetitiveforces: over-embedding, distancing, confronting, and colluding. These four forces drive developmenttowards situations without dynamics.Originality/value – This paper provides a conceptual understanding of co-opetition dynamics andwill reveal that in order to adequately account for co-opetition dynamics, a definition of co-opetitionmust analytically separate the cooperative and the competitive interaction inherent in co-opetition.

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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd , 2010. Vol. 20, no 2, 194-214 p.
Keyword [en]
Competitive strategy, Strategic alliances
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32875DOI: 10.1108/10595421011029893OAI: diva2:306523
Available from: 2010-03-30 Created: 2010-03-30 Last updated: 2010-04-16Bibliographically approved

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