The Networked Firm: A Framework for RBV

Journal of Management Development, Forthcoming

PATREC Working Paper Series

11 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2007


This paper examines a potential approach to introduce a topology to the Resource Based View (RBV) of the firm to address the issue of the formation of intangible assets and predictions of the growth of the firm by RBV, both issues which have been identified in the literature as shortcomings of the RBV approach. The paper is a conceptual paper. It provides a brief review of and introduces concepts from the social networks literature, suggesting ways in which viewing the firm as a connected network of resources might usefully augment RBV theory. Viewing the firm as a network is a potentially powerful tool for analysing the notion of intangible assets in RBV and for providing a theory of the growth of the firm. The paper provides a useful framework for further work in the RBV field to assist in understanding what makes assets strategic and how firms grow through the accumulation of strategic assets, and highlights possibilities for cross-fertilisation between the social networks and RBV literature.

Keywords: Resource Based View, Networks, Social Capital

JEL Classification: A14, L22

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Wills-Johnson, Nick, The Networked Firm: A Framework for RBV. Journal of Management Development, Forthcoming, PATREC Working Paper Series, Available at SSRN:

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