This chapter lays the analytical foundations for the subsequent empirical analysis of strategic management and competitive strategy in Islamic finance. It is organized in four sections. First, the main theories of strategic management are described with an emphasis on the possible influencing factors of company behavior and the repertory of competitive strategies. Second, Islamic finance is presented both in terms of its theoretical basis and its actual manifestation and practices. Third, an empirical literature review presents previous studies of the determining factors of firm performance. Finally, drawing on the previous sections, a conceptual model is developed that is used as a framework to generate detailed hypotheses for the empirical study.
KeywordsStrategic Management Core Competency Gulf Cooperation Council Islamic Bank Bank Performance
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