Study on balancing cooperation and competition in coopetitive relationships through bridging and bonding
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Coopetitive relationships, with simultaneous cooperation and competition, are argued to be beneficial for the development of competitive advantage. To obtain and maintain such advantage over time the relationship however needs to be balanced. Through two longitudinal case studies we examine how bridging and bonding activities can facilitate and restrict the balancing of coopetitive relationships. Our findings illustrate changes in coopetitive relationships over time, focusing how these changes affect the coopetitive balance. We show how bridging and bonding possibilities arise in coopetitive relationships, how bridging and bonding are related and influence each other, and outline mechanisms in the different processes that facilitate and restrict firms’ ability to balance coopetitive relationships over time. The study offer implications for the literature on firms’ capabilities to manage coopetition as a strategy.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60588DiVA: diva2:561348
To be submitted to European Management Journal2012-10-182012-10-182016-03-03Bibliographically approved