Management Research Seminar: Managing the Coopetition Paradox in Alliance Formation

Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This presentation will examines the coopetition paradox that strategic alliances face when competing firms cooperate. Using a process study approach, we study the relationship between competition and cooperation in the formation of an industry-wide alliance of oil and gas companies in Alberta, Canada. Our findings reveal a dynamic oscillating pattern:  the need to cooperate is threatened by competitive pressures and this tension requires an intervention by champions. Using both formal and informal practices, champions separate and integrate competitive and cooperative goals. We also find that the tension persists over the course of the alliance formation. These findings contribute to both the alliance formation and coopetition literatures.


Date:
Friday, April 7, 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

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About the speaker

Dr. Natalie Slawinski is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Dr. Slawinski received her PhD in strategic management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Her research focuses on how organizations balance short-term financial goals with longer-term social and environmental goals. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies. In addition, her work has been cited in the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, and Canadian Business magazine.

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