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(In)tangible resources as antecedents of a company’s competitive advantage and performance

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  • Tomaž Cater
  • Barbara Cater

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The paper’s purpose is to add to the body of knowledge on the antecedents of a company’s competitive advantage and performance by developing and testing a conceptual model. By using structural equation modelling the model is tested on a sample of 182 Slovenian companies. The results show that a cost advantage is positively affected by financial resources and customer capital, while a differentiation advantage is positively affected by financial resources and all three components of intellectual capital. In addition, both forms of competitive advantage positively influence a company’s performance. The results offer important theoretical implications in fields such as resource-based theory and customer relationship management as well as important practical implications for managers.

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  • Tomaž Cater & Barbara Cater, 2009. "(In)tangible resources as antecedents of a company’s competitive advantage and performance," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(2), pages 186-209.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_02_cater
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    1. Sydler, Renato & Haefliger, Stefan & Pruksa, Robert, 2014. "Measuring intellectual capital with financial figures: Can we predict firm profitability?," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 244-259.
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    3. repec:eco:journ1:2017-04-14 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    performance; competitive advantage; tangible resources; intangible resources; intellectual capital; structural equation modelling;

    JEL classification:

    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions

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