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Competence acquisition and competitive advantages: an empirical study of small firms
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0290-7522
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Competence acquisition in small firms is an under-researched area. The purposes of the entire thesis are, to describe how small firms acquire competence, to create an understanding by identifying factors that can affect how small firms handle competence acquisition, and why these factors affect the acquisition of competence, and to develop and test a model about competence acquisition. The study draws upon the resource-based view, the competence-based view, the strategy literature and entrepreneurship literature. A model about competence acquisition in small firms is developed and tested. Predictors identified are the entrepreneur's experiences, the entrepreneur's tolerance for ambiguity, the business concept and the competence base of the firm and these are found to be relevant factors for explaining actions in competence acquisition. In addition, time and trust are two aspects found to be central for understanding competence acquisition in small firms. A Pecking order in use of competence acquisition modes is apparent among small firms actions where an internal acquisition mode is the most used mode followed by the social network modes and the least used modes are the market acquisition modes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2007. , 206 p.
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544 ; 2007:01
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Accounting and Control
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-16855Local ID: 04aa2b50-a9fe-11db-aeba-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:989842
Godkänd; 2007; 20070122 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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