Sustainability-driven co-opetition in supply chains as strategic capabilities: drivers, facilitators, and barriers


Co-opetition is gaining increasing attention as a potentially useful form of inter-organisational collaboration model to improve firms’ sustainable performance. However, limited previous studies have provided a clear substantive theory or offered empirical evidence for the process of sustainability-driven co-opetition. This paper explores how competing companies can collaborate in their supply chains (SCs) to achieve a higher level of sustainability performance by identifying drivers, facilitators and barriers of co-opetition. Based on two explorative case studies of co-opetition in the UK, the findings of this paper lead to a number of propositions and a theoretical framework for sustainability-driven co-opetition in SCs. This study contributes to the literature by providing a more in-depth understanding of co-opetition as a strategic capability for firms. This paper also proves the feasibility of a combined use of Resource-Based View and Network Theory perspectives in explaining a paradoxical inter-organisational relationship like co-opetition. A road map for sustainability-driven co-opetition in SCs is also provided as a heuristic decision model for practitioners.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Marketing & Strategy
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-opetition,inter-organisational collaboration,supply chain management,sustainability,triple-bottom-line,Strategy and Management,Management Science and Operations Research,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1366-588X
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2024 07:31
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 15:11
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Related URLs: https://www.tan ... 43.2021.1988749 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-02-27
Published Online Date: 2022-02-27
Accepted Date: 2021-09-26
Authors: Mirzabeiki, Vahid
He, Qile
Sarpong, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1533-4332)

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