Competition within Strategic Networks

15 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2010

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Heike Nolte

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Date Written: December 2, 2010


Strategic networks originate from the access to additional resources without purchasing them. But don’t these kinds of cooperation imply risks for the involved firms, esp. for those to whose resources cooperating firms have access? This article aims to show the limitations of integration of resources into a strategic network for competition reasons.

This topic has gained importance due to the fact that revelation of internal business information is directly related to strategic networks and thereby might endanger the sustainability of the competitive position of an enterprise. Moreover, it is to question if each partner is interested in revealing its resources to the same extent. The analysis of this problem is based on the resource oriented approach of strategic management as well as on considerations of transaction costs. The issue is presented in three hypothesises which lead to the “Dilemma of Strategic Networks.”

Suggested Citation

Nolte, Heike, Competition within Strategic Networks (December 2, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Heike Nolte (Contact Author)

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