Title: Sustaining competitive advantage by adopting logistics and supply chain management software: a research agenda grounded in resource advantage theory

Authors: R. David Swanson

Addresses: University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

Abstract: The objective of this study is to advance theoretical understanding as it pertains to sustaining a competitive advantage through the adoption of LSCM software. Firms must go beyond traditional production and manufacturing improvements to compete successfully. The key to success in today's market lies in the effective use of knowledge and intellectual capital. Resource-advantage (R-A) theory borrows from economics, marketing, organisational management, and competition strategy; and provides a new composite perspective of LSCM software adoption. The generalisability of R-A theory has proven to be a valuable lens from which to view competition. However, the broad nature of this theory does not provide sufficient direction for managers in their quest for sustaining competitive advantage. This research proposes tests of R-A theory that will allow managers to better understand the competitive advantage that can come from adopting LSCM software and how to best position their firms for success.

Keywords: supply chain software; supply chain management; SCM software; logistics software; resource advantage theory; competitive advantage; firm performance; software adoption framework; resource-based view; RBV; dynamic capabilities; inter-disciplinary; intangible assets; dynamic environment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2013.057412

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2013 Vol.5 No.2, pp.81 - 93

Received: 04 Dec 2012
Accepted: 08 May 2013

Published online: 31 Oct 2013 *

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