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Special Issue "Alliances and Network Organizations for Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Włodzimierz Sroka

Associate professor at the Management Department, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Cieplaka str. 1c, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Interests: strategic alliances; network organizations; coopetition; strategic management; CSR and business ethics; innovations and entrepreneurship; restructuring of the company
Guest Editor
Dr. Joanna Cygler

Associate professor at the Collegium of Business Administration of the Warsaw School of Economics, Niepodległości Ave. 162, 02-554 Warsaw, Poland
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Interests: strategic alliances; network relations; international cooperation; strategic management; FDI; innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The boom in research focused on bilateral and multilateral relationships, especially in the economic and organizational dimensions, dates back to the mid-twentieth century, being particularly intense over the last thirty years. This is mainly a result of the growing importance of cooperative relationships, including alliances and networks to the success of the company’s growth strategy.

Cooperation with other companies stimulates organizational flexibility and the actions of the parties involved, allowing for specialization, a higher return on investment than the costs of investment itself, economies of scale, scope and synergies. It also facilitates and accelerates the internationalization of companies as well as their industrial diversification. It is thus easier to overcome market and cultural differences.

Alliances and networks also generate benefits by reducing the risk associated with activities in the field of R&D. Apart from the cost reduction and opportunities for the faster, cheaper and easier acquisition of new technologies, they promote the implementation of quality, technology and market behaviour standards. In light of the resource concept, functioning in the inter-organizational relationships creates an opportunity to obtain valuable resources which otherwise would be more expensive, or even impossible, to acquire. Due to the turbulent environment and the phenomenon of hyper-competition, the companies seek resources which are more difficult to copy and substitute. Therefore, they are keenly interested in intangible resources within the framework of network connections. Access to information is regarded as the most crucial resource resulting from cooperation with other firms in both bilateral and multilateral relations.

We believe, however, that the benefits associated with inter-firm relationships—which are very significant—may be used not only as an instrument for the improvement of the companies’ competitive advantage (i.e. in a narrow context), but also in a much wider context. In other words, we claim that inter-firm relationships, especially alliances and network organizations, may be regarded as a useful tool for sustainable development. Given this, the Special Issue on “Alliances and network organizations for sustainable development” fulfils a considerable gap in the literature. It encourages a diverse set of submissions and we will welcome papers that, inter alia, refer to (but are not limited to), themes such as:

·   Creation of alliances and network connections stimulating sustainable development
·   Short term vs. long term effects of cooperation in the frame of alliances and networks
·   Management of alliances and networks
·   Pathologies of alliance and networks affecting sustainable development   
·   Influence of alliance and networks on sustainable development
·   Alliance and network capabilities supporting sustainable development
·   Role of HR in inter-firm cooperation for sustainable development
·   Managing supply chain networks
·   Inter-organizational relations as the value creation stimulator
·   Cultural context of inter-organizational relations
·   Inter-organizational cooperation and an innovation of the parties (open innovation)
·   Coopetition in alliances and network organizations

The insights gained will be useful both for students, practitioners, as well as policy makers.

Dr. Włodzimierz Sroka
Dr. Joanna Cygler
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle The Analysis of the Determinants of Sustainable Cross-Border Cooperation and Recommendations on Its Harmonization
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2226; doi:10.3390/su9122226
Received: 8 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
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Cross-border partnerships are a distinctive example of inter-organizational cooperation, embedded, in terms of territory, in the neighboring borderland regions of two or more countries. The aim of this paper is to identify factors that contribute to the sustainable cross-border cooperation and affect motivation
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Cross-border partnerships are a distinctive example of inter-organizational cooperation, embedded, in terms of territory, in the neighboring borderland regions of two or more countries. The aim of this paper is to identify factors that contribute to the sustainable cross-border cooperation and affect motivation to increase cooperation between cross-border partners. The objective implementation is connected with the verification of a hypothesis referring to the possible impact of the European Union funds on the trans-boundary cooperation transformations. Results of desk research and quantitative research involving IDI, CATI, CAWI and CATI and PAPI data collection methods, implemented in the Polish–Czech borderland in 2016 were used in this paper. Research on the Polish–Lithuanian borderland was also used in the paper to conduct comparative analysis, useful to identify and evaluate factors motivating sustainable cross-border cooperation in the Czech–Polish borderland. The sustainable, cross-border and inter-organizational cooperation in the borderlands results from the simultaneous interaction of three groups of factors: (1) people and institutions (the quality of interpersonal relationships); (2) cross-border planning, procedures and support mechanisms (e.g., the possibility of jointly planning the cross-border cooperation and obtaining EU funds for the development of the borderlands as well as the availability of other funds helpful in this kind of cooperation); and (3) environment (historical affinity and geographical proximity of neighboring border regions, system support at the regional and local level in neighboring countries). Full article
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Open AccessArticle Typology and Success Factors of Collaboration for Sustainable Growth in the IT Service Industry
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2017; doi:10.3390/su9112017
Received: 8 October 2017 / Revised: 28 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
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Recently, innovative changes in information technology (IT) trends, such as cloud computing and deep learning, have led IT companies to focus on collaboration for sustainable growth. This paper investigates collaboration strategies and success factors for IT service companies via a survey-based empirical study
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Recently, innovative changes in information technology (IT) trends, such as cloud computing and deep learning, have led IT companies to focus on collaboration for sustainable growth. This paper investigates collaboration strategies and success factors for IT service companies via a survey-based empirical study of Korean leading IT firms. Four types of collaboration were identified by considering the types of customer relationship and the target market: offshore, joint venture, collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and partnership with major local firms. Then, based on a Plan-Do-See management activity process, this paper considers success factors in the planning process and collaboration process, and analyzes an impact of these factors on collaboration performance such as financial performance, process innovation, improving competitiveness, and technology acquisition. As a result, the success factors differ according to the types of performance measures as well as the collaboration types. In particular, the characteristics of partners positively influence competitiveness in captive and global markets, while they improve process innovation in open and domestic markets. This study attempts to provide insight for companies in the IT service industry about how collaboration activities could enhance performance, depending on the alliance types. Full article
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