Research in strategy has traditionally focused on the study of competition. More recently, cooperative interorganizational relations have drawn attention, with scholars studying the motivation for forming them and their implications. While competition and cooperation were considered separate modes of interaction between firms, scholars have begun to acknowledge that firms simultaneously engage in these activities. For instance, studies have investigated partners’ competitive behaviors within cooperative relations and explored how firms engage in “coopetition”. Nevertheless, cooperative strategy has not been integrated with literature on competitive strategy, and the interplay of competition and cooperation has remained under-researched. This special issue calls for research on the interplay of competition and cooperation that connects these separate streams of research, highlight value creation and appropriation in coopetitive interactions, and sheds light on the coevolution of competition and cooperation, while analyzing their consequences or identifying antecedents and mechanisms that drive their interplay and the trade-offs between them.
On June 8-9, 2016, a two-day workshop associated with this special issue will be hosted by LUISS Business School in Rome. Authors will present their under-revision papers, with the aim of creating an opportunity for the authors to reach common language, coordinate themes across papers, and build upon each other’s work-in-progress.