Background Note | HBS Case Collection | June 1991

Corporate Advantage: Identifying and Exploiting Resources

by David J. Collis

Abstract

Describes the economic theory that was behind the view that resources are central to the creation of value in multibusiness corporations and identifies tests that resources must pass to become part of a firm's "distinctive competence". Describes how those resources can be leveraged, built, or altered.

Keywords: Business Conglomerates; Business or Company Management; Resource Allocation; Competitive Strategy; Theory; Value Creation;

Citation:

Collis, David J. "Corporate Advantage: Identifying and Exploiting Resources." Harvard Business School Background Note 391-285, June 1991.