Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Strategically determining organizational boundaries is one means to achieving better performance. This dissertation examines vertical integration, strategic acquisitions and concurrent sourcing to better understand the strategies used to acquire human capital and the impacts of these choices on performance outcomes. Using transaction cost economics and the organizational capabilities literatures I develop hypotheses to determine and explain the relevant antecedents to these strategic decisions. I then determine how the decision to make or buy (or both) human capital impacts competitive advantage and how competitive advantage impacts financial outcomes (i.e., revenue, and sales). Hypotheses are tested using data on 30 organizations from Major League Baseball (as well as their subsidiaries) spanning from 2002-2011. Regression models are used to identify significant predictors of the sourcing decision and how the sourcing decision impacts performance through competitive advantage.
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Bendickson, Joshua S., "Finding the Right Balance: Antecedents and Consequences of Making, Buying, or Concurrently Sourcing Human Capital" (2014). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 484.