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Competitive advantage in the UK food retailing sector: past, present and future

Harris, Lloyd C. and Ogbonna, Emmanuel Okechukwu 2001. Competitive advantage in the UK food retailing sector: past, present and future. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services 8 (3) , pp. 157-173. 10.1016/S0969-6989(00)00009-6

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to review and critically analyse the internal and external sources of competitive advantage exploited by the major UK food retailers. This aim is designed to facilitate the generation of a chronological and historical explication of sustainable competitive advantage within the UK food retailing sector. The paper begins with a review of the five main theoretical explanations of superior organizational performance. This conceptual overview provides the basis for a more detailed examination of the factors influencing the competitive advantage of companies. This analysis entails a review of industry-level factors as well as the investigation of firm-level attributes. After a brief discussion of the factors influencing the sustainability of competitive advantage, attention is focused on the history of competitive advantage within the UK food retailing industry. Review and analyses suggest that, within this context, competitive advantage is best understood in terms of `competitive eras'. The discussion of past, present and future competitive eras leads to a number of conclusions and implications pertinent to both competitive strategists and retail specialists.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food retailing; Competitive advantage; Sustainable competitive advantage; Resource-based view; Firm attributes; Industry-level factors
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0969-6989
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 03:44
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/39054

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