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Alternative Paths to Competitive Advantage: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of the Origins of Large Firms

Järvinen, Joonas and Lamberg, Juha-Antti and Murmann, Johan-Peter and Ojala, Jari (2009) Alternative Paths to Competitive Advantage: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of the Origins of Large Firms. Industry & Innovation, 16 (6). pp. 545-574. ISSN 1366-2716

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Official URL: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13662710903371066


Scholars have documented the importance of national-level factors for the competitive success of firms on a global scale. These studies typically identify multiple factors that are behind the emergence of large and successful firms in particular national clusters. However, there has been relatively little research identifying whether such factors are all collectively necessary to produce the outcome, or whether only a few of the factors in different combinations might be sufficient to generate the shift in competitive advantage manifested in the market power of large ‘flagship’ firms. In this paper, we study the evolution of one industry across six countries in which the competitive position of national firms changed considerably during our one hundred year analysis period. The results of our combined historical and fuzzy set analyses show that an unequal distribution of resources may lead to alternative causal pathways to competitive advantage of the largest firms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:industry evolution; competitive advantage of large firms; national clusters; history; paper industry; fuzzy set analysis
Subjects:L Industrial Organization > L7 Industry Studies; Primary Products and Construction > L73 Forest Products
F International Economics > F2 International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 Multinational Firms, International Business
N Economic History > N5 Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries
L Industrial Organization > L1 Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
ID Code:167
Deposited By:Olli Turunen
Deposited On:16 Dec 2009 16:26
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 14:51

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