Analyzing Internal and Competitor Competences

Ron Sanchez

in The Oxford Handbook of Strategy

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275212
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Analyzing Internal and Competitor Competences

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This article aims to explain the concept of organizational competences and its central role in contemporary strategic thinking about how a firm creates competitive advantages, to clarify the strategic roles of resources, capabilities, and management processes in creating organizational competences and competitive advantages, and to explain the essential aspects of a competence framework for the strategic analysis of organizations. The emergence of the field of strategic management in the last decades of the twentieth century may be broadly divided into two major periods of development of foundational concepts and theory. Both periods of development have tried to contribute to answering the central concern of strategic management, which is understanding how a firm might achieve competitive advantage in its industry.

Keywords: internal competences; competitor competences; organizational competences; strategic thinking; competitive advantages; strategic analysis

Article.  9816 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Strategy ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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