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Inter-Firm Resources and Sustained Competitive Advantage


  • Stephan Duschek

    () (Free University of Berlin, Institute of Business Administration)


Resource-oriented perspectives of strategic management are on the way to discovering a topic to which little attention has been paid so far within their own ranks: inter-firm networks. In this article, it is argued that the resource- and competence-based view ? despite its new facet of analysis ? falls back on a traditional firm-focused explanation. Conversely, the relational view, the youngest branch of strategic management, follows completely new explanatory paths. Here, an inter-firm focus is established. Overall, there are two related, but diametrically opposed strategic management approaches, each assigning a different kind of importance to the meaning of competition in the context of analysing cooperative inter-firm relations.

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  • Stephan Duschek, 2004. "Inter-Firm Resources and Sustained Competitive Advantage," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 15(1), pages 53-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2004_01_duschek

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    Resource-based view; relational view; networks; network resources; social network theory;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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