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Coordination vs. Organization: Diverging Logics of Firm Cooperation in Denmark and Sweden

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posted on 2023-11-16, 16:19 authored by Christian Ibsen, Lisa Sezer, Virginia Doellgast

Employers and their business associations have become increasingly important actors promoting market competition–even in once highly coordinated and regulated European economies. Based on a comparison of the Danish and Swedish telecommunications industries, we ask how differences in businessassociation structures relate to the ways firmscooperate in competitive markets. In Denmark,fragmented, competingbusiness associations encourageda more unstable logic of coordination, with firmspredominately focused onpursuingparticularistic interests in public policy lobbying andexit-oriented strategies inemployment relations. In contrast,the unified businessassociation in Swedenencouraged a logic of organization,with firmspredominatelyseeking collective good provisioninpublic policy lobbyingand engaging in mutual gains bargaining. Findings contribute to debates on the role of business associations in fostering firm cooperation and collective regulation.

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Economic and Social Research Council . Grant Number: RES-061-25-0444

Det Frie Forskningsråd. Grant Number: 4091-00086

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School of Business, University of Leicester

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British Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume

61

Issue

3

Pagination

526-549

Publisher

Wiley

issn

0007-1080

Acceptance date

2022-07-08

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2023-11-16

Language

en

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