Bringing a Resource and Capability Lens to Resource Allocation

Catherine A. Maritan, Gwendolyn K. Lee

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This article highlights a perspective that has been underexplored in resource allocation research. By viewing resource allocation through a resource and capability lens, three connections are developed between resource-based theories of strategy and strategy research on resource allocation. First, the lens is applied to frame capital investments as investing in capabilities. This framing provides a theoretical path connecting the strategic purpose of investments, through value creation from resource commitments, to the creation of competitive advantage. Second, resource allocation for the purpose of capability development is related to a resource-based model of asset accumulation. Placing resource allocation decisions in the context of capability development suggests that key features of the asset accumulation process can usefully inform research on the resource allocation process. Last, corporate capital allocation is connected to resource redeployment in multibusiness firms. This connection explicates ways in which corporate headquarters can add to firm value. These connections illustrate the potential that resource-based theories have to contribute insights to resource allocation research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2609-2619
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • resource allocation/management
  • resource-based view
  • strategic decision making
  • strategic factor markets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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