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Competitive Advantage and Internal Organization: Nucor Revisited

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  • Ghemawat, Pankaj
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    Why does the cost of organizing particular activities differ across competitors? This article explores in detail the organization of Nucor, a steel minimill that has sustained a significant cost advantage over its competitors. Nucor's past success highlights the complementarities among organizational policies and competitive advantage as well as barriers to the imitation of apparently superior organizational arrangements. The case study also suggests avenues for additional empirical and theoretical research. Copyright 1995 by MIT Press.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.

    Volume (Year): 3 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 4 (Winter)
    Pages: 685-717

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:3:y:1995:i:4:p:685-717

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