Coopetition in Innovation Activities and Firms' Economic Performance: An Empirical Analysis

14 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020

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Sanja Pekovic

University of Montenegro

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Naoufel Mzoughi

INRA Ecodéveloppement

Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

We use survey data to test whether it pays to cooperate in innovation activities with rivals (also referred to as coopetition) compared to other cooperative arrangements, notably with non‐rival partners. Applying an ordinary least squares regression to a large sample of French firms (N = 2957), we found evidence of a positive and significant relationship between various forms of cooperation (with and without rivals) and firms' economic performance, measured by EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Results show that cooperation with rival and non‐rivals taken together increases economic performance, but that the impact of cooperation with rivals is lower than the impact of cooperation with non‐rivals. Estimation results suggest that reaping the full cooperation benefits is not automatic and requires precision dosing and management.

Suggested Citation

Pekovic, Sanja and Grolleau, Gilles and Mzoughi, Naoufel, Coopetition in Innovation Activities and Firms' Economic Performance: An Empirical Analysis (March 2020). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 85-98, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12335

Sanja Pekovic (Contact Author)

University of Montenegro

Cetinjska br.2
Podgorica, 81 000
Montenegro

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Naoufel Mzoughi

INRA Ecodéveloppement ( email )

Domaine Saint-Paul - Site Agroparc
Avignon cedex 9, 84914
France

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