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Record number 550402
Title Strategic resources and smallholder performance at the bottom of the pyramid
Author(s) Olthaar, Matthias; Dolfsma, Wilfred; Lutz, Clemens; Noseleit, Florian
Source International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 22 (2019)3. - ISSN 1096-7508 - p. 365 - 380.
Department(s) Business Management & Organization
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Competitive advantage - Mixed method - Resource-based theory - Smallholder performance

In a competitive business environment at the Bottom of the Pyramid smallholders supplying global value chains may be thought to be at the whims of downstream large-scale players and local market forces, leaving no room for strategic entrepreneurial behavior. In such a context we test the relationship between the use of strategic resources and firm performance. We adopt the Resource Based Theory and show that seemingly homogenous smallholders deploy resources differently and, consequently, some do outperform others. We argue that the 'resource-based theory' results in a more fine-grained understanding of smallholder performance than approaches generally applied in agricultural economics. We develop a mixed-method approach that allows one to pinpoint relevant, industry-specific resources, and allows for empirical identification of the relative contribution of each resource to competitive advantage. The results show that proper use of quality labor, storage facilities, time of selling, and availability of animals are key capabilities.

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