Cooperative Strategies IG

Cooperative Strategies Interest Group focuses on issues related to cooperative strategies at the functional, business, corporate, group and network levels of analysis. We are interested in work that explores cooperative strategies within a sector of the economy (for example, among firms or among government agencies) and across sectors (for example, between firms and government agencies or between firms and non-profit organizations). Cooperative arrangements include inter-organizational alliances, joint ventures, federations, constellations, networks, vertical buyer-supplier relations, franchises, community service collaborations, public-private partnerships, corporate board interlocks, etc. The purpose of this Interest Group is to help create useful knowledge on the antecedents and consequences of cooperative arrangements and effective cooperative strategies as well as on the processes that inhibit or facilitate the emergence, evolution and termination of cooperative strategies.

Research streams encompass a broad range of phenomena, including relational mechanisms such as trust, knowledge sharing and conflict resolution; social interaction involving power relations, legitimization, and intervention; organizational perspectives such as relational capabilities, organizational routines, and cooperative governance structures; organizational outcomes such as social capital, learning, innovation, and financial performance; dynamics and evaluation with respect to processes such as formulating cooperative strategies, negotiating and transacting cooperative arrangements, implementing and managing cooperative strategies, and change and renewal of cooperative strategies.

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Cooperative Strategies Leadership


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Olga Bruyaka
West Virginia University

Program Chair

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Fabrice Lumineau
University of Hong Kong

Associate Program Chair

Engagement Officer

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Hans Frankort
City, University of London

Communication Officer

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Navid Asgari
Fordham University

Engagement Ambassadors

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Audrey Rouyre
University of Montpellier

Questions We Attempt to Answer

If you are interested in this newly instituted domain, regardless of your other interests, you are welcome to join us as we attempt to answer questions, ones that are illustrative rather than exhaustive, such as the following:

  • How do competitive, corporate, growth and innovation strategy decisions influence cooperative strategies?
  • Under what conditions does reliance on cooperative strategies rather than organic growth or mergers and acquisitions increase the likelihood of success?
  • What differences exist in the emergence, negotiation, management and termination of cooperative strategies involving dyads versus multi-party collaborations and networks?
  • How do actors leverage relational, structural, and organizational attributes of networks to shape organizational behavior and outcomes of cooperative arrangements?
  • What differences exist in the emergence, negotiation, management and termination of cooperative strategies involving organizations within one sector of an economy versus those involving organizations from differing sectors of an economy?
  • What environmental factors shape decisions to rely on cooperative strategies?
  • What environmental factors inhibit reliance on cooperative strategies?
  • What roles do resources and capabilities play in decisions to rely on cooperative strategies? How do they contribute to the effective use of such strategies?
  • Does the existence of industrial districts, clusters, or other agglomerations make it easier for organizations to engage in cooperative strategies?
  • How should an organization with multiple manifestations of cooperative strategies organize their management?
  • When and why is managing cooperative strategies as a portfolio effective? How should the portfolio be managed to ensure its coherence?
  • What is the role of central governance in managing a portfolio of cooperative strategies?
  • What is the role of social processes such as legitimation in the emergence and evolution of organizational manifestations of cooperative strategies?
  • How do firms establish the micro foundations of their cooperative governance arrangements (e.g., managerial incentives, cooperative routines, and functional capabilities)?
  • What unique factors drive the emergence and implications of international cooperative strategies and cross-border cooperative arrangements such as alliance networks?
  • How do cooperative strategies help develop industry standards, drive industry convergence, and shape the evolution of sectors of an economy?
  • How do firms govern cooperative arrangements?
  • What is the role of the board of directors and other formal governance mechanisms or agreement provisions in managing cooperative strategies?

Activities and Events

Held on May 26, 2021 at 8:00 AM EDT 

Featuring: Fabrice Lumineau 

Aimed at PhD students and postdocs, this 1-hour event focuses on navigating the tenure track. Fabrice Lumineau, Professor in Strategic Management at HKU Business School, The University of Hong Kong, will discuss -- and answer questions regarding -- common challenges, including how to develop a research agenda, how to approach teaching and service, time management, external referees, and the tenure package. 

Held on June 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT

Featuring: Aldona Kapacinskaite and Alanna Hirshman

Are you a PhD student or postdoc wondering how you can successfully navigate the job market in the pandemic? Then this 1-hour virtual conversation on the challenges of the job market during the pandemic is for you. Alanna Hirshman (West Virginia University, placed at Texas Tech University) and Aldona Kapacinskaite (London Business School, placed at Bocconi University) will share their experiences of being on the job market during the pandemic and discuss with you the challenges and opportunities that candidates might encounter. The goal of the conversation is to understand how the current job market can be a challenging but timely endeavor. We will cover topics like making a lasting impression without being able to meet in person, how to prepare your application, and what to expect from virtual job talks and interviews.

How to Join Us

We welcome new members! Joining the IG Cooperative Strategies is a great opportunity to meet scholars from more than 50 countries around the world who share your research and education interests.

You can spend time with Cooperative Strategies scholars at all levels and career stages, and explore your ideas in a collaborative and supportive environment. You will make lifelong friends and professional contacts and have fun at our social events.


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Turanay Caner
North Carolina State University
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Dries Faems
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
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Ralph Heidl
University of Oregon
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Birgul Arslan
Rotterdam School of Management
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John Mawdsley
HEC Paris
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Lei Zhang
University of South Florida