Session 124

Research Methods for the Study of Competitive Advantage

Track A

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011


Time: 14:15 – 15:30


Room: Master 1


  • Rafael Goldszmidt, FGV-EBAPE


Abstract: The field of business strategy seeks to unveil the reasons why some firms are able to achieve consistently higher performance than others. Resource based theory supports that firms’ idiosyncratic resources are a source of competitive advantage. Numerous empirical studies have been developed to test the effect of resources on performance. We argue, however, that the statistical apparatus that has so far been used in most of these previous studies is inadequate. Our central claim is that, whereas conventional statistics deals with average phenomena, firms with sustainable competitive advantage are exceptional by definition. Hence, we believe a new analytical approach is necessary in order to correctly assess sustainable competitive advantage. In this panel we address Bayesian analysis and extreme value theory as means to fill this gap.

All Sessions in Track A...

Fri: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 103: CSR and Environmental Issues in Emerging Markets
Session 111: Performance Issues
Session 114: Internationalization Strategies
Session 117: Learning in Emerging Markets
Session 120: The Characteristics and Effects of the BRIC Economies as Hubs for Regional Economic Development
Fri: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 102: Resources in Emerging Markets
Session 106: Multilatina FDI Strategies
Session 110: Global Competition
Session 112: CSR and Environmental Issues
Session 124: Research Methods for the Study of Competitive Advantage
Fri: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 101: Institutions in Emerging Markets
Session 104: Alliances and Networks
Session 105: Knowledge and Innovation
Session 108: Knowledge and Resources
Session 115: Developing Country Firms
Sat: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 107: Multilatina Performance
Session 113: CEOs and Other Human Resources
Session 123: Banks and their Influence
Session 125: Reviewing Latin America’s Strategic Role in Global Development
Session 126: Publishing and Not Perishing: Strategies for Publishing in Top Journals
Sat: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 100: Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
Session 109: Social Issues and Local Development
Session 116: Emerging Market Institutional Reform
Session 118: Management Innovation in Emerging Markets
Session 127: Teaching in Latin America

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