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International Journal of Business Environment
International Journal of Business Environment


Special Edition on: "From Paradox to Practice – the Rise of Coopetition Strategies"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Wojciech Czakon, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
Dr. Anne-Sophie Fernandez, University of Montpellier 1, France
Anna Minà, University of Catania, Italy

Real life relationships between firms are becoming increasingly distant from simple competition and cooperation models, making existing theoretical frameworks less relevant both for managers and academics than they were two decades ago. Increasingly, firms cooperate and compete in the same time, within value creation networks and dyadic relationships. Coopetition strategies have been the focus of a growing researchers’ community for more than a decade now.

This special issue aims at exploring recent developments, ideas, approaches and findings within the coopetition strategy research field.

It is intended for academics, researchers and managers who are involved in the coopetition research stream or manage dynamic, complex and often paradoxical relationships between firms. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting studies related to the theory or practice of coopetition at different levels of investigations (e.g. networks, interfirm relations, intra-firm relations).

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 5th Workshop on Coopetition Strategy (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland, 13-14 September, 2012; see, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Subject Coverage
This issue addresses a wide range of theoretical, empirical and methodological facets of coopetition strategy research. We particularly welcome papers focusing on, but not limited to:
  • Theoretical framework development for coopetition studies across different levels of analysis:
    • microfoundations
    • interorganisational
    • network
    • industry
  • Managerial tensions generated within and between organisations when implementing coopetition strategies:
    • Ambidexterity of coopeting organisations
    • The role of dynamic capabilities in developing coopetitive relations
    • Governance structures fostering coopetition success
    • Team composition and behaviours
    • Coopetition cultural antecedents
  • Coopetition phenomenon:
    • Empirical results of coopetition process development scrutiny
    • Coopetitive strategies for distributive relationships
    • The role of power of actors in the emergence of coopetitive strategies
    • Resource orchestration in a coopetitive network

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15 November, 2012

Author notification: 31 March, 2013

Revised papers deadline: 30 May, 2013