Coopetition for Sustainability: Between Organizational Benefit and Societal Good

Business Strategy and the Environment, September 2019

11 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2020

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Siarhei Manzhynski

Umea School of Business and Economics

Frank Figge

KEDGE Business School

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

Sustainable development requires coopetition, that is, the cooperation of organizations that compete at the same time. Research on coopetition for sustainability is sparse. From a sustainability perspective, coopetition contributes to sustainability when it makes a positive contribution on the societal level. Existing research on coopetition however focuses on organizational outcomes. In this paper, we link organizational and societal outcomes of coopetition. We show that for the simple case of two coopting firms and an economic and an environmental dimension, there are 51 different combinations that make a positive contribution to sustainability. All but one of these combinations consist of a mix of positive and negative outcomes. We identify four types of trade‐offs that can occur in coopetition for sustainability and that point to different pathways of achieving sustainability.

Suggested Citation

Manzhynski, Siarhei and Figge, Frank, Coopetition for Sustainability: Between Organizational Benefit and Societal Good (September 2019). Business Strategy and the Environment, September 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3694406

Siarhei Manzhynski

Umea School of Business and Economics ( email )

Biblioteksgränd 6
Umea, 901 87
Sweden

Frank Figge (Contact Author)

KEDGE Business School ( email )

Domaine de Luminy
BP 921 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, 13288
France

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