Co-opetition and knowledge co-creation in Japanese supplier-networks: The case of Toyota

Miriam M. Wilhelm*, Florian Kohlbacher

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This article examines how knowledge co-creation takes place within the Toyota network. We extend the work of Dyer and Nobeoka, who contributed to the theory of network-level learning by showing how Toyota succeeded in 'creating and managing a high-performance knowledge-sharing network'. By examining the role of co-operation as well as competition in an in-depth case study, our study moves beyond the concept of knowledge sharing towards a theory of knowledge co-creation with suppliers. In doing so, we propose that the duality of competitive and cooperative forces (that is, 'co-opetition') in a business partnership has played a hitherto neglected role in the process of knowledge creation for multi-technology innovations. Asian Business & Management (2011) 10, 66-86. doi:10.1057/abm.2010.31; published online 1 December 2010

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)66-86
Aantal pagina's21
TijdschriftAsian Business & Management
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - feb-2011
Evenement21st Annual Conference of the Association-of-Japanese-Business-Studies (AJBS) - , Italy
Duur: 1-jun-2008 → …

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