In this paper we theoretically and empirically investigate the idea that firms diversify in part to utilize productive resources which are surplus to current operations. Knowledge of these resources allows us to make predictions about the direction of a firm's expansion. In particular, we suggest that excess physical resources, most knowledge‐based resources, and external financial resources are associated with more related diversification, while internal financial resources are associated with more unrelated diversification.
Strategic Management Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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