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RBV and the Road to the Control of External Organizations


  • Jörg Freiling

    () (University of Bremen, LEMEX Chair for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business Studies & Economics)


Although primarily focusing on the internal resource endowment of the firm, RBV has the potential to address the firm’s embeddedness in the business environment as well. At present, RBV research lacks a sound understanding of the development of competitive advantages in industries. A change regarding the unit of analysis, however, allows for considering causes and effects on the micro and the macro level as well. The paper stresses the entrepreneurial dimension of RBV and the firm’s impact on the environment by comparing RBV and RDA reasoning. Using the explanatory power of the isolating mechanisms and applying system dynamic modelling, it turns out that RBV can move into the direction of a ‘New IO’.

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  • Jörg Freiling, 2008. "RBV and the Road to the Control of External Organizations," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 19(1+2), pages 33-52.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2008_1+2_freiling

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    1. Reuter, Ute, 2011. "Der ressourcenbasierte Ansatz als theoretischer Bezugsrahmen: Grundlagen, Theoriebausteine und Prozessorientierung," Research Papers on Innovation, Services and Technology 3/2011, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Business Administration, Department I - Institute of Research & Development and Innovation Management.
    2. Lehnen, Jens & Ehls, Daniel & Herstatt, Cornelius, 2014. "Implementation of lead users into management practice: A literature review of publications in business press," Working Papers 78, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute for Technology and Innovation Management.
    3. Reuter, Ute, 2011. "Der relationale ressourcenbasierte Ansatz als Weiterentwicklung des ressourcenbasierten Ansatzes unter Einbezug externer Ressourcen," Research Papers on Innovation, Services and Technology 4/2011, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Business Administration, Department I - Institute of Research & Development and Innovation Management.

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    Resource-based View; resource dependence approach; structural school; process school; inter-organizational dependence; power; entrepreneurship theory; open system view; system dynamic modelling;

    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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