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Methodology

  • Andreas Enders
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Abstract

Some researcher might oppose our approach by stating that our study does not control for idiosyncratic firm competences but rather for best practices. And this is partly true, however, if we wanted to control for idiosyncratic firm competences, then we would have delivered a set of case studies that show how a competitive advantage (sustainable or not) might be established and managed. Case studies, which can be an appropriate methodological mean to discuss such a complex construct as the resource-based view, have to face difficulties in terms of comparability and do not necessarily provide general guidelines for how performance differences can be transferred to other companies. Nevertheless, they are of course very valuable to explain superior management for example in a very detailed way. We would like to refer to our recent book on industrial excellence, which is focusing on case studies as a mean to explain the superior management skills and development of company resources (Loch et al. 2003). The book describes best plant operating practices, excellent either in the execution of certain or whole sets of processes.

Keywords

Confirmatory Factor Analysis Measurement Model Discriminant Validity Convergent Validity Team Leader 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Enders
    • 1
  1. 1.WHU — Otto Beisheim Graduate School of ManagementVallendarGermany

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