Psychological implications of co-opetition

Project details

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) 
Grant Term: 31.03.2027
Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg
Project Staff: Dr. Claudia Araya


Project description

Psychological research often compares circumstances that suggest cooperation with ones that suggest competition. Those situations tend to be perceived as opposite poles of one dimension, however, many real-world situations involve both situations simultaneously. For example, employees on a team must cooperate while competing for promotion or recognition from superiors, or team athletes practice together while competing for a place on the team in the next game. The intraindividual conflict created by co-opetition might have positive consequences in cognitive flexibility and bias reduction. By studying the underlying cognitive processes, we aim to better understand the effects of everyday situations characterized by co-opetition. 

Contact person

Dr. Claudia Araya
Research associate

+49 (0)651 201-2048