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Golonka Monika (Kozminski University, Poland)
Interfrm Cooperation Strategy of Hyper-Growth and Stable-Growth ICT Firms in Sweden
Journal of Management and Business Administration. Central Europe, 2016, vol. 24, nr 4, s. 70-87, tab., bibliogr. 32 poz.
Słowa kluczowe
Współpraca przedsiębiorstw, Technologie informacyjne i telekomunikacyjne, Przedsiębiorstwo telekomunikacyjne
Enterprises cooperation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Telecommunications company
Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to compare the phenomenon of interfrm cooperation strategy in both hyper-growth, and stable-growth knowledge and technology-intensive frms, in a country characterized by a high level of generalized trust: Sweden.

Methodology: Qualitative methods were incorporated: direct semistructured interviews with top managers in 13 ICT frms (8 hyper-growth and 5 stable-growth), analyzis of reports, corporate websites and press releases. Furthermore, interviews in 3 expert frms in the industry were conducted, facilitating interfrm cooperation.

Conclusions: There were signifcant differences in interfrm cooperation strategy in two distinguished groups of the frms: hyper-growth, and stable-growth. Managers' individual approaches to uncertainty, strategy and cooperation might be more important than institutional settings. The ICT frms operate in a constantly changing global environment and local context seems to have only a minor impact on the rules of the game in the industry.

Research limitations: This study was a qualitative explorative approach as an introduction to further empirical research.

Originality: The study presents an interfrm cooperation phenomenon incorporating different perspectives and settings. It contributes to alliance portfolio literature (forming and managing of alliance portfolio in a different context/country/industry), and enhances understanding of frm strategies characterized by different growth rates. (original abstract)
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