The Resource based view of the ‘state’: A case study of the Indian State in Africa

Suresh George, Gerry Urwin, Andrew Amayo

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This paper’s primary contribution is to extend the Resource Based View (RBV) of the firm to incorporate the role of the state, including its ability to deploy resources and capabilities and provide strategic intent for selected firms. Adopting a case study of the role of the Indian State in seeking energy resources in Africa, this paper analyzes how the Indian state is managing its new institutional strategy in the midst of inter-state competition for energy resources in the African continent. Evidence is drawn from in-depth interviews with elite actors within the Indian state as well as within the Kenyan state. The qualitative analysis allows the development of a new framework the Resource Based View of the State (RBS)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 British Academy of Management conference, '2017 British Academy of Management Conference'
Place of PublicationWarwick
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
EventBritish Academy of Management, 2017: Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: Shaping the research agenda for the social sciences. - University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20177 Sept 2017
Conference number: 31


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management, 2017
Abbreviated titleBAM17
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Resource Based View
  • Strategy


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