First mover advantages in international business and firm-specific political resources

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Frynas, J., Mellahi, K. and Pigman, G. 2006. First mover advantages in international business and firm-specific political resources. Strategic Management Journal. 27 (4), pp. 321-345. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.519
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TitleFirst mover advantages in international business and firm-specific political resources
AuthorsFrynas, J., Mellahi, K. and Pigman, G.
Abstract

While the currently prevailing conceptual framework of first mover advantages (FMAs) specifies various market mechanisms through which first movers can gain pioneering benefits, it is incomplete by failing to consider the role of political resources in creating FMAs. In this context, this article aims to add the political mechanism to the current classification of FMA mechanisms. The article further serves as a window to an understanding of the long-term process of acquiring, sustaining, and exploiting firm-specific political resources in international business, which has been neglected in prior studies on business–government relations. Detailed analysis of three case studies suggests that the causal relationship between political resources and FMAs is a complex one; while non-market strategies can be used successfully by first movers, they can also be used by late movers to neutralize FMAs. The article proposes a model for understanding the link between FMAs and political resources.

Research GroupCorporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
JournalStrategic Management Journal
ISSN1097-0266
Publication dates
PrintApr 2006
Publication process dates
Deposited27 Nov 2008
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.519
LanguageEnglish
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