A Resource-Based Theory Perspective of Logistics

Arslan O., Kaya Özbağ G.

in: Handbook of Research on the Applications of International Transportation and Logistics for World Trade, Gökçe Çiçek Ceyhun, Editor, IGI GLOBAL, New-York, pp.195-209, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: IGI GLOBAL
  • City: New-York
  • Page Numbers: pp.195-209
  • Editors: Gökçe Çiçek Ceyhun, Editor


ABSTRACT The Resource Based Theory (RBT), where specific sets of resources are bundled into precious, scarce, and hard-to-imitate capabilities, has been demonstrated to be helpful for explaining why some companies have been better than others over time. Accordingly, this chapter, drawing on the related literature, proposes that the RBT has the potential to be applied to important areas of logistics research. Since no clear exposition of the resource-based approach has been provided in the logistics literature, this study helps to understand the critical effects of logistics capabilities in creating competitive advantage. RBT is described with relations and interactions among resource and capability. Authors illustrate how the RBT represents the underlying theoretical support for one of the central propositions of distinctive logistics capability. The chapter examines past researches and illustrates how RBV theory is an appropriate theoretical lens to advance the much-needed understanding of the logistics capabilities.