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

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Mirzabeiki, Vahid, He, Q. and Sarpong, David 2022. Sustainability-driven co-opetition in supply chains as strategic capabilities: Drivers, facilitators, and barriers. International Journal of Production Research. 61 (14), pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2021.1988749
AuthorsMirzabeiki, Vahid, He, Q. and Sarpong, David
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Co-opetition is gaining increasing attention as a potentially useful form of inter-organizational 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-organizational relationship like co-opetition. A road map for sustainability-driven co-opetition in SCs is also provided as a heuristic decision model for practitioners.

Keywordsinter-organizational collaboration; Co-opetition; sustainability; supply chain management; triple-bottom-line
Year2022
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Journal citation61 (14), pp. 1-27
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1366-588X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2021.1988749
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00207543.2021.1988749
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Publication dates27 Feb 2022
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