Resource reconfiguration and transactions across firm boundaries: The roles of firm capabilities and market factors

Patia McGrath, Harbir Singh

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Firms operate in a market for their corporate assets, wherein important assets being bought and sold are business units. This market is therefore a primary mechanism for firm reconfiguration, and offers the opportunity for firms to gain performance advantage as they prepare for and engage in their boundary-changing moves. This paper focuses on resource recon-figuration between firms, and examines internally and externally driven sources of performance heterogeneity in firms' use of the market for firm reconfiguration. Viewing between-firm resource reconfiguration through three theoretical lenses surfaces several potential avenues for firm differentiation. For one, the necessity of firms' possessing capabilities to execute both sides of the external resource reconfiguration transaction-acquisition and divestiture capabilities-is revealed. For another, the institutional prerequisites that are needed in the operating environment for a firm to build a sustainable resource reconfiguration strategy are brought to the fore, and are well illustrated by the private equity industry. Lastly, the potential benefits of using the transactional view of firm scope to animate the study of external resource reconfiguration are raised. Taken together, these elements lead to a research agenda around resource reconfiguration across firm boundaries. © 2016 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Strategic Management
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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