Organizational Strategy, Behaviour and Dynamics
Edited by Gerard George and Simon J.D. Schillebeeckx
Chapter 5: Arrangements to access natural resources: the role of localness and interdependence
A firm that intends to exploit a natural resource opportunity ultimately enters the location of those resources and interacts with the local context. Those locations are often vulnerable to external resource use. A focal firm establishes arrangements with local actors controlling the resources to ensure sustained access to the desired natural resources. Building upon a case study of a firm that regularly enters several locations, this chapter studies the firm’s arrangements with local actors. In particular, the role of localness of natural resources and interdependences between the focal firm and local actors are emphasized. The study unveils that the chosen arrangements vary across different locations and are configurations along social, scope and structural dimensions. This variation in arrangements enables a firm to manage dependence while responding to the local context in order to ensure sustained access to natural resources.
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