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Operations management and the resource based view: another view

Show simple item record Bromiley, Philip en_US Rau, Devaki en_US 2016-10-31T17:28:15Z 2016-10-31T17:28:15Z 2015-12
dc.identifier.citation Bromiley, P., & Rau, D. (2016). Operations management and the resource based view: Another view. Journal of Operations Management, 41:95-106 en_US
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.jom.2015.11.003
dc.description.abstract This paper evaluates the usefulness of the resource-based view (RBV) to the field of operations management. Based on the seminal RBV articles, we argue that using the RBV does not align with the objectives and activities of operations management researchers in several ways. First, the dependent variable in the RBV is sustained competitive advantage. Using sustained competitive advantage as a dependent variable implies that scholars focus on explaining the differences between the relatively few firms with sustained competitive advantage and all the other firms, ignoring performance variations within the great mass of firms. In addition, competitive advantage exists at the level of the business or the firm and does not directly translate into the normal level of operations management research. Measuring sustained competitive advantage also presents difficulties. Second, the explanatory variables in the RBV are resources that must be rare, valuable and hard or impossible to imitate. Measuring valuable resources or factors firms cannot imitate poses serious problems both in demonstrating value independent of the factor's impact on performance (i.e., avoiding tautology) and in measuring unique or nearly unique entities. Third, under the RBV, prescription is problematic; you cannot prescribe things that firms can readily implement because such things can be imitated. We present the practice-based view (PBV) as a simpler and better alternative for operations management where scholars attempt to explain the entire range of firm and unit performance based on transferable practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en_US
dc.subject resource based view en_US
dc.subject operations management researchers en_US
dc.subject sustained competitive advantage measurement en_US
dc.subject practice-based view en_US
dc.title Operations management and the resource based view: another view en_US
dc.type.genre Article en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Management en_US

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