Are fashion supply chains capable of coopetition? An exploratory study in the UK

Piyya Muhammad Rafi-Ul-Shan, David B. Grant*, Patsy Perry

*Motsvarande författare för detta arbete

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelPeer review

4 Citeringar (Scopus)


Fashion supply chains are characterised by pressure for low cost and short lead times and face increasing requirements for social and environmental compliance. Hence, fashion retailers have recognised a greater need for collaborating with competitors in upstream supply chain activities, despite competing against each other downstream in the marketplace. This notion of ‘coopetitive’ relationships, a nascent research area, motivated this paper’s case study of six UK-headquartered fashion companies to explore how and why they engage in areas of coopetition interaction and their management of inherent tensions in these relations. Capacity sharing, communication and information sharing, and building relationships/partnerships emerged as motives. The companies exhibited a processual approach to coopetition against a challenging landscape of institutional tensions, which included retailer pressure and organisational structures. Despite risks of opportunism, coopetition was found to be a useful strategy and highly influential for competitive advantage and sustainability in this volatile and dynamic industry sector.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
StatusPublicerad - 23.06.2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


  • 512 Företagsekonomi

Styrkeområden och områden med hög potential (AoS och AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitär och samhällslogistik


Fördjupa i forskningsämnen för ”Are fashion supply chains capable of coopetition? An exploratory study in the UK”. Tillsammans bildar de ett unikt fingeravtryck.

Citera det här