Promoting Synergies in Multiproduct Firms toward a Resource-based View

Nicolai J. Foss, Mikael Iversen

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    Abstract

    We address the issue of promoting synergies in divisionalized, diversified firms from the perspectives of the resource-based view and recent work on corporate headquarters, thus connecting the analysis of sustained competitive advantage with organizational issues. We begin by clarifying the concept of synergy, and argue that the concept of complementarity is particularly likely to capture most meanings of synergy. Furthermore, we argue that the raison d'etre of the corporate headquarters lies in their synergy-creating potential. The reasoning is illustrated with examples from Danish corporations, specifically Danfoss and Bang & Olufsen.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen
    PublisherInstitut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København
    Number of pages33
    ISBN (Print)8778690188
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School
    Number1997-12
    ISSN1398-7461

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    Foss, N. J., & Iversen, M. (1997). Promoting Synergies in Multiproduct Firms toward a Resource-based View. Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København. Working Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School, No. 1997-12