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Core competence for sustainable competitive advantage: a structured methodology for identifying core competence

Hafeez, K., Zhang, Y. and Malak, N. (2002) Core competence for sustainable competitive advantage: a structured methodology for identifying core competence. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 49 (1). pp. 28-35. ISSN 0018-9391

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Core competencies are the crown jewels of a company and, therefore, should be carefully nurtured and developed. Companies can determine their future business directions based on the strengths of competencies. However, because generalized terms such as resource, asset, capability, and competence are not clearly explained in connection with competence theory, these posing difficulties in understanding many contemporary management concepts. In this paper, the authors provide a summary of the recent management theories by comparing their salient features. They then propose a linking mechanism between assets, resources, capabilities, competencies, and core competencies. They provide a methodology to identify core competencies by isolating unique and flexible capabilities of the firm. They use this framework to identify the core competencies of a UK manufacturing company. The results of their analyses are used to help the company to make more informed strategic management decisions regarding capability development, outsourcing, focusing, or diversification, with regards to new products, services, or markets. The framework is generic in nature and is applicable to benchmark a manufacturing, public, or service sector organization

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2009 10:35
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2009 10:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/17.985745
Status: Published
Publisher: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Identification Number: 10.1109/17.985745
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6343

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