Patterns of coopetition in meta-organizations

Authored by: Jamal Eddine Azzam , Héloïse Berkowitz

The Routledge Companion to Coopetition Strategies

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138736894
eBook ISBN: 9781315185644
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Coopetition addresses the question of when and how to cooperate with competitors in order to create value. Few studies have focused on the dynamics of coopetition in meta-organizations, especially in highly competitive and protected domains such as intellectual property. In this chapter, we tackle this issue by exploring coopetition among actors who agree to license their patents through meta-organizational devices such as patent pools. These meta-organizations result in different criss-crossing patterns of coopetition in market and non-market environments with three objectives: 1) creating value; 2) appropriating value; and 3) preserving created value for members.

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