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Survival of the Fittest?: Exploring the "How" in Inter-Firm Collaboration
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (IT-Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2492-4171
2012 (English)In: IRIS Selected papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia: IRIS 35 Designing the Interactive Society / [ed] Judith Molka-Danielsen, Christina Keller, Mikael Wiberg, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to face the challenges derived from an increasingly competitive and disruptive environment, firms often engage in collaborative arrangements with other firms. While it is argued that inter-firm networks can serve as a way to catalyze innovation, to manage risks involved in R&D and to enable the creation of new value through co-creation, the causes and reasons for inter-firm collaboration are well-known. However, little effort has been focused at critically examining the challenges that co-creation brings on a network and firm-level. This research addresses this issue by taking a process perspective on the formation and development of an inter-firm network in relation to its technologically turbulent environment. Building on a case study involving firms from that network, this research shows that such arrangements may also involve challenges for participating firms. These challenges relates to a paradoxical tension between exploitation of relation-specific assets and success in the long- and short-term, but also a challenge in terms of positioning the firm within the network. 

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, IRIS – Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, ISSN 1891-9863 ; 3
Keyword [en]
Inter-firm collaboration, Co-creation, Creative industries
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85424ISBN: 978-82-321-0090-3OAI: diva2:693447
The 35th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 35), August 17–20, 2012, Sigtuna, Sweden
Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2014-08-08Bibliographically approved

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