Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Timothy B. Palmer

Abstract

This dissertation examines resource-based, strategic group, and industry influences on firm performance. The resource-based view of the firm and strategic groups research are two areas of organizational inquiry that have lacked both theoretical as well as empirical integration. This dissertation provides a critical first step towards that end. Three papers are presented that first develop---and then test---resource-based and strategic group influences on organizational performance. The primary findings of this dissertation are threefold. First, variance in organizational performance exists both within and between strategic groups. Second, the degree to which firm, group, and industry explained variance in organizational performance varied based upon performance measure. Third, in all cases, firms accounted for the lion's share of the variation in organizational performance. In conclusion, the key determinant of organizational performance is manager's capabilities to position their firm within their group as well as industry.

ISBN

9780599682184

Pages

132

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