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

Matthews, Judy H. & 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.

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Abstract

Resource based views of the firm and in particular Kay’s (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 organisations 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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ID Code: 6977
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Judy Matthews, Arthur Shulman, Resource Dependency Theory, Sustainable Competitive Advantage, Government
DOI: 10.1016/S0148-2963(02)00498-8
ISSN: 0148-2963
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:30

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