Privatisation and sustainable competitive advantage in the emerging economies of Central Europe

John Fahy, Graham J. Hooley, Jozsef Beracs, Krzysztof Fonfara, Vladimir Gabrijan

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    Extant research on the impact of privatization in the Central Europe (CE) region has focused on improvements in efficiency and the nature of cost-based advantages. This study argues that the development of a vibrant privatized sector requires attention to the broader resource configurations of domestic enterprises. Empirical research was conducted on a large sample of firms in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. Foreign investment was found to significantly impact on resource accumulation with implications for the development of strategic capabilities and competitive advantage. Foreign direct investment is an effective vehicle for the transfer of financial resources, reputation and new brands but not organizational capabilities. In terms of practice, this study demonstrates the important role of outside investment in the development of a firm's resource base (Frydman et al. 1999). Companies can gain a competitive advantage in their domestic markets through gaining access to the resources of foreign investors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-428
    Number of pages22
    JournalManagement International Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • extant research
    • privatization
    • Central Europe
    • efficiency
    • cost-based advantages
    • resource configurations
    • domestic enterprises
    • Poland
    • Hungary
    • Slovenia
    • foreign investment
    • resource accumulation
    • strategic capabilities
    • competitive advantage
    • foreign direct investment
    • transfer of financial resources
    • reputation
    • new brands
    • organizational capabilities
    • domestic markets
    • foreign investors


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