Similarities in financial resource allocations across the lines of business of diversified firms may indicate corporate strategic consistency, which may lead to superior corporate performance. In support of this argument, the variance in R&D intensity across the lines of business of 96 diversified firms was found to be inversely related to industry-adjusted return on assets. However, no relationship was found for capital intensity. These results provide partial support for the usefulness of a resource-based approach to the study of diversification strategy.
Copyright © 1993 Academy of Management. This article first appeared in The Academy of Management Journal 36, no. 5 (October 1993), 1026-1051.
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Harrison, Jeffrey S., Ernest H. Hall and Rajendra Nargundkar. “Resource Allocation as an Outcropping of Strategic Consistency.” Resource Allocation as an Outcropping of Strategic Consistency: Performance Implications 36, no. 5 (October 1993): 1026-1051.