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University of Montpellier South of France
GSCM Montpellier Business School


Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania, Italy 
Frédéric Le Roy, University of Montpellier, France 
Saïd Yami, University of Montpellier, France


Fourteen years after its conventional birth in 1996, the concept of Coopetition has crossed the threshold of its adolescence. Accordingly, while coopetition is dwelling a phase of accelerated growth in terms of publication stream, at the same time it seems to have reached adequate vigour to confront and intermingle other relevant management concepts. In our view, this kind of intersection is expected to be very fertile, on the one hand, in enriching the actual coopetition theorization body and, on the other, in supplementing other more conventional perspectives in strategic management, technology and organization management, and business history. For this reason, the Fourth EIASM Workshop on Coopetition Strategy, that will be held in Montpellier, France, on June 17 and 18, 2010, is focused on the relationships between coopetition and innovation.


Intersecting coopetition and innovation is expected to reveal a particularly intriguing research challenge for scholars and researchers as we consider innovation as a privileged management investigation domain in which the firm could reach efficiency only if it rightly interacts with other firms, and in which it is irremediably fated if it decides to work in isolation. Several examples outspreading from actual managerial practice show that, in order to innovate, a firm must cooperate not only with its usual partners (e.g., clients and suppliers) but also, and perhaps more importantly, with its competitors (both current and potential). We regard the term innovation in a broader sense as technological, organizational and strategic innovation. The link between coopetition and innovation concerns firms of large and small sizes, established or new-to-the-world, operating practically in all sectors of economic activity.

In particular, we wish to focus on the following themes:

- Coopetition and technological innovation (coopetition in R&D consortia, coopetition for technological standards, coopetition in high-tech industries…)
- Coopetition and organizational innovation (the effect of coopetition on organizational design, the birth of new structures fit to coopetition strategies…)
- Coopetition and strategic innovation (coopetition for disruptive strategies, coopetition for strategic change…)
- Coopetition and entrepreneurship (coopetition and new ventures, coopetition for market creation…)
- Coopetition and small businesses (coopetition for survival, coopetition for growth, coopetition for internationalization…)
- Coopetition and corporate strategy (coopetition as a corporate decision vs coopetition as a middle management decision, coopetition as a deliberate strategy versus coopetition as an emergent strategy…)

The topics reported above are indicative and informative rather than exclusive. Other interesting work on coopetition strategy that is not closely related to the themes above will be taken into consideration.

To advance investigation on coopetition strategies and to further expand its theoretical and practical bases and boundaries, we need to explore, apply and confront both conceptual and empirical wisdom and scholarship stemming from different perspectives. Therefore, both business practitioners and academics are invited to submit their contributions.


Following the preceding successful experiences of venues in Catania (2004), Milan’s SDA Bocconi (2006) and Madrid’s Carlos III (2008), this is the fourth biannual workshop that EIASM dedicates to the scrutiny coopetition strategies. In addition, EURAM tracks on Coopetition have been held on the occasion of the Annual EURAM Conferences in Stockholm (2002) and in Paris (2007), making this one as the sixth gathering in a row devoted to coopetition in Europe. Earlier settings have involved about 200 people.
You may find the information concerning the 2004, 2006 and 2008 EIASM Workshops in the websites that follow: http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=336 (Catania 2004), http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=433 (Milan 2006) and http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=530 (Madrid 2008).

You may find the information that regards the EURAM Conferences respectively on:
http://www.aegionline.it/euram/track.htm  (Stockholm 2002)
http://www.euram2007.org/UserFiles/File/tracks%202007/Track%2010.pdf (Paris 2007).

Finally please take a minute for surfing and contributing to the web site dedicated to coopetition at: www.coopetitionstrategy.org/ 


In our role of coopetition workshop conveners, we have high hopes for the current advancement of coopetition theory and practice as we expect that the quality and the quantity of the submissions that will be forwarded for this workshop may be consistent with the premises collectively laid heretofore.

The selection of the papers will be made by the Workshop Organizers and is scheduled for the Winter 2010 (see the deadline table below).

For the second time in a row, a workshop Best Paper Award will be bestowed. There are good chances that the best papers presented at the Montpellier Coopetition Workshop will have the chance to be selected for a special issue of an international journal.


Please click HERE to download the list of accepted papers.


Please click HERE to download the workshop main Programme

The parallel sessions programme will be available soon.