Competitive advantage in public-sector organizations: explaining the public good/sustainable competitive advantage paradox

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Mathews, Judy and Shulman, Arthur D (2005) Competitive advantage in public-sector organizations: explaining the public good/sustainable competitive advantage paradox. Journal of Business Research, 58 (2). pp. 232-240. ISSN 0148-2963

Abstract

Resource-based views of the firm and in particular Kay's (Why Firms Succeed. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995) model of sustainable competitive advantage have been used to advance an understanding of differences in the competitive advantage of private-sector firms. We extend the analysis to a public-sector firm where its major purpose includes engaging in public good by giving away its knowledge base and services. The case highlights the paradox that many public-sector organizations face in simultaneously pursuing public good and sustainable competitive advantage. While Kay's model is applicable for understanding intergovernmental agency competition, we find it necessary to incorporate resource dependency theory to address the paradox. Implications for theory and practice are provided.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2811
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/S0148-2963(02)00498-8
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_ima...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords ResPubID19277; sustainable competitive advantage, public sector, resource-based view
Citations in Scopus 39 - View on Scopus
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