Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics

Winning report CEDIS at Network of Business Sustainability

Competitor Collaboration

5 okt 2016 00:00

The sustainability challenges our world faces today are too big for any individual company to tackle. Pooling resources, intelligence, leadership, and common sustainability goals with other companies, even with competitors, can elevate the level of results and make a significant difference.

Last year the Network of Business Sustainability (NBS) set out a competition to investigate how businesses collaborate effectively with competitors, to generate solutions for common sustainability issues (Competitor Collaboration).

The sustainability challenges our world faces today are too big for any individual company to tackle. Pooling resources, intelligence, leadership, and common sustainability goals with other companies, even with competitors, can elevate the level of results and make a significant difference.

Professor Ms. Lori DiVito of the Centre of Entrepreneurial Dynamics and International Strategy (CEDIS) respond to the call of NBS to send in a proposal. She sent a winning research report that reviewed current research, identified gaps and uses primary data to fill gaps. In her study she shares insights in the collaboration of eight competitors in Europe and Canada. She provides guidance for firms considering new forms of collaboration, or those seeking to do it better, with less risk and improved outcomes.

The Guidance Committee composed of NBS Leadership Council members (executives at leading Canadian firms), found that Professor DiVito correctly understood the project question and had good knowledge of the relevant literature. Her research design and execution was found appropriate, and she was found able to communicate her research effectively to the audiences.

NBS is a global network of people and organisations committed to advancing sustainable business practice. NBS enables business sustainability by fostering collaboration and co-creating knowledge through research and practice.

Read the report of Professor Lori DiVito (CEDIS) and view her presentation.

About Associate Professor Lori DiVito

Lori DiVito is an Associate Professor at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam School of International Business, Centre of Entrepreneurial Dynamics and International Strategy. She is also affiliated with the Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University and the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. In addition, she holds a Teaching Fellow position at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. She received her PhD in Organisational Studies from Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Her research interests focus on understanding the dynamics of knowledge-intensive firms, including their formation, internationalisation and innovation strategies. Lori has published in international peer-reviewed journals like Research Policy and Long Range Planning. Prior to her academic work, Lori worked as a marketing strategist for high-tech multinationals and advertising agencies.