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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Strategic Leadership Studies


Adam J. Vanhove


There is both theoretical and empirical support for the idea that firm-specific knowledge (FSK) has a greater effect on sustained competitive advantage than general knowledge (GK). However, empirical support suffers from several practical and methodological challenges which suggest that the relationships between FSK, GK, and firm performance are even more nuanced than previously considered. Multilevel modeling techniques (polynomial regression and latent growth modeling) were implemented to test these effects on both short- and long-term performance among MLB teams between 2015-2019. Although the results of the hypothesis tests and post-hoc analyses were largely non-significant, they do provide some information that furthers the research on the resource-based view of the firm (RBV). More specifically, they suggest that both an FSK- and GK-focused approach may create short-term performance advantages for firms, and that firms experiencing the “low/low” condition – low GK and low FSK – may experience consistently low performance as a result. A future research agenda associated with these topics is proposed.

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