Performance Impact of Technological Assets and Reconfiguration Capabilities: The Case of Small Manufacturing Firms in Japan

Research Paper No. 1768

40 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2003

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Takehiko Isobe

University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences - Department of Commerce

Shige Makino

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Management

David B. Montgomery

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships between firm resources and performance. We divide firm resources into two types: primary resources and support resources. Primary resources include technological assets and reconfiguration capabilities, which directly contribute to a firm's competitive advantage. Support resources include internal human capital, interfirm collaboration, and managerial vision, which contribute to the development of primary resources. Using a sample of 302 small-and-medium manufacturing firms in Japan, our analysis revealed that both technological assets and reconfiguration capabilities significantly enhanced firm performance, that the firms with superior technological assets tended to possess superior reconfiguration capabilities, and that most of the support resources significantly contributed to the development of both technological assets and reconfiguration capabilities.

Suggested Citation

Isobe, Takehiko and Makino, Shige and Montgomery, David B., Performance Impact of Technological Assets and Reconfiguration Capabilities: The Case of Small Manufacturing Firms in Japan (September 2002). Research Paper No. 1768, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=354860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.354860

Takehiko Isobe

University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences - Department of Commerce ( email )

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Shige Makino (Contact Author)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Management ( email )

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Hong Kong
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+852 2603 6840 (Fax)

David B. Montgomery

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

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