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Incorporating coopetition into the entrepreneurial marketing literature: Directions for future research

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posted on 04.12.2018, 13:36 authored by Jim Crick
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to extend the entrepreneurial marketing literature to account for coopetition (the interplay between cooperation and competition). This paper is also designed to highlight the research gaps surrounding coopetition, so that academics, working at the marketing/entrepreneurship interface, can undertake more investigations linked with this topic. Design/methodology/approach – The entrepreneurial marketing literature was reviewed to develop a conceptual framework, guided by three research propositions, examining the antecedents and consequences of coopetition, as well as the boundaries of the coopetition – organisational performance relationship. Findings – Coopetition activities are driven by an organisation-wide coopetitionoriented mind-set - the degree to which managers and employees believe in the importance of cooperating with competitors. Also, coopetition can help entrepreneurs to access new resources and capabilities from their competitors; however, “too much” coopetition can lead to tensions between such rival firms. Additionally, it is proposed that the relationship between coopetition activities and organisational performance is moderated by competitive intensity (a facet of the competitive business environment). That is, with higher-levels of competitive intensity, entrepreneurs are less likely to improve their performance from coopetition activities. That is, the competitive business environment can affect the delicate balance between the forces of cooperativeness and competitiveness. Originality/value – Entrepreneurial marketing research has concentrated on individualistic perspectives concerning how entrepreneurs operate their businesses. In this viewpoint, the competitive assumptions of the marketing/entrepreneurship interface are extended to account for coopetition. This paper also outlines the areas within the coopetition literature that entrepreneurial marketing scholars should appreciate. Specifically, entrepreneurial marketing scholars are recommended to examine the antecedents and consequences of coopetition, coupled with the moderating role of competitive intensity (a facet of the competitive business environment) in the coopetition – organisational performance relationship. This article ends a recommended methodology for academics to test the conceptual framework in future empirical research.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pages

19 - 36

Citation

CRICK, J.M., 2019. Incorporating coopetition into the entrepreneurial marketing literature: Directions for future research. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, 21 (1), pp.19-36.

Publisher

© Emerald

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

02/12/2018

Publication date

2019-07-08

Notes

This paper was published in the journal Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-01-2018-0001.

ISSN

1471-5201

Language

en