Hypercompetition: A Review and Agenda for Future Research

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The aim of the study is to review and understand the dimensionality of hypercompetition, factors causing a hypercompetitive environment, and the consequences of hypercompetition on markets. Thereby, the purpose of the study is to cover the main contributors in the research field of hypercompetition and explore their findings and different views on hypercompetition.
Systematically review 131 conceptual and empirical studies published or presented at a conference in the last 25 years, with the focus on the definitions, causes, and consequences (or presumed effects) of hypercompetition. In the paper, I follow the well-known SLR method by Tranfield et al. (2003).
The contribution of the study is to advance the knowledge of researchers and managers, in such way that it becomes easier for them to select relevant variables to measure hypercompetition and identify strategies for gaining temporary competitive advantages in hypercompetitive environments. The construct of hypercompetition required a consolidation of commonalities in the definitions and characteristics used by scholars, to ensure that proper assumptions and variables are being used to measure hypercompetition in future research. Several ways to measure the effects of hypercompetition on firms, industries and individuals have been proposed, but the field still lacks of a clear definition on how to directly measure the construct.
In this paper, I highlight three managerial implications of hypercompetition: (1) action-based strategy, (2) the determinants of hypercompetition, and (3) the importance for managers of accurately establishing their firm's competitive situation.
Previous reviews in the area have either focused on specific components or effects of hypercompetition. The present study collectively takes into consideration the definitions, causes, and consequences of hypercompetition on firms, industries and individuals. The contribution of the paper is to indicate future opportunities and challenges within research on hypercompetition.
TidsskriftCompetitiveness Review
StatusAccepteret/In press - nov. 2021

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