Problems in cooperation between competing SMEs

Annika Tidström, Henrik Virtanen

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Abstract

Cooperation between competitors is complex due to the continuous tension between cooperation and competition. Some potential advantages from cooperation are access to valuable information and new markets. On the other hand there is a constant risk of problems such as opportunism and mistrust. The purpose of the article is to explore problems in cooperation between competitors and the empirical part is based on results from a mail survey to 345 SMEs in Ostrobothnia, Finland. The most frequently mentioned problems are opportunism, competition, transfer of information, dependence, asymmetry and that the need for cooperation ends.
Translated title of the contributionProblems in cooperation between competing SMEs
Original languageSwedish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEkonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift
Volume55
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)177-187
Number of pages10
ISSN0013-3183
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management

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