Title: Upstream coopetition in the Finnish forest industry – the case of the labour and roundwood markets

Authors: Rauno Rusko

Addresses: Faculty of Tourism and Business, University of Lapland, P.O. Box 122, Rovaniemi 96101, Finland

Abstract: The demand-side cooperation in the Finnish forest industry has attracted much research interest during the past decade. However, the upstream or supplier-side cooperation has been less studied. Because of the broad cooperative and coopetitive traditions, the Finnish forest industry constitutes an excellent case in studying cooperation conventions in different parts of the product or supply chain. This research investigates especially how downstream coopetition is reflected upstream, across the borders of supply-side markets such as those for labour and roundwood. An empirical analysis of market information suggests cross-border correlations and causalities, that is, indications of expanded supplier-side coopetition between the two markets.

Keywords: coopetition; supply chain management; SCM; Finland; forest industry; collusion; labour market; roundwood market; supplier-side cooperation; cross-border correlations; cross-border causalities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2010.034828

International Journal of Business Environment, 2010 Vol.3 No.3, pp.349 - 368

Published online: 23 Aug 2010 *

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