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Open coopetition: when multiple players and rivals team up

Steffen Roth (La Rochelle Business School, La Rochelle, France and Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia)
Loet Leydesdorff (Universiteit van Amsterdam School of Communications Research, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands)
Jari Kaivo-Oja (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Augusto Sales (KPMG Global Strategy Group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Ibmec Business School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Journal of Business Strategy

ISSN: 0275-6668

Article publication date: 20 May 2019

Issue publication date: 7 October 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to extend the existing views of coopetition into the broader context of open coopetition.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors build on the literature about open innovation cooperation between competitors in the open-source software industry, which we generalize to show that open coopetition between competitors and third parties can be observed in other industries and institutional settings.

Findings

The authors outline a research program on the management challenges of open coopetition-related and argue that open coopetition can not only be observed between business rivals but also between partners from university, industry, government and further institutional backgrounds.

Originality/value

The authors introduce to so-far neglected roots of the emerging research program on open coopetition and extend the prevailing business focus of open coopetition research to also systematically include open coopetition between partners from business and other spheres of society.

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Citation

Roth, S., Leydesdorff, L., Kaivo-Oja, J. and Sales, A. (2020), "Open coopetition: when multiple players and rivals team up", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 41 No. 6, pp. 31-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBS-11-2018-0192

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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