The Impact of Network Resources on Competitive Behavior of Firms

T. Ravichandran, Ileana Simona Giura, Liang Zhao

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Firms extend access to resources and information by collaborating with other firms. This paper explores how resource endowments accessible to a firm through its social network affect a firm’s competitive behavior. We suggest that a firm’s partners’ knowledge portfolio - stock and diversity- has a positive impact on a firm’s competitive actions repertoire in terms of volume, complexity, and heterogeneity. Further, we argue that firms have different access knowledge depending on the network position, mainly its centrality and access to structural holes, that allow them to initiate actions. We find that partners’ knowledge stock has a positive effect on action volume and heterogeneity, while partners’ knowledge diversity has a positive effect on action complexity. Further, we found that centrality will enable firms to leverage partners’ diversified knowledge to initiate more actions as well as heterogeneous actions. However, centrality has a substitutive effect where higher knowledge stock of partners dampens the volume and heterogeneity of actions taken by a firm. We interpret and discuss the implications of the findings for research and practice."
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2020
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020: Broadening our Sight - Virtual
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020
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