11 A typology of barriers to imitation 1 They cant get the resources they need

11 a typology of barriers to imitation 1 they cant

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11 A typology of barriers to imitation (1) “They can’t get the resources they need to imitate my competitive position” Scarcity (waterfront real estate, diamond mines, oil fields) Legal restrictions (patents, trademarks, licenses) Privileged access to customers / suppliers (retail shelf space, long-term contracts)
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12 A typology of barriers to imitation (2) “They can’t figure out the formula for my success or can’t re-create the path by which I became successful” Causal ambiguity (firm does many things and it’s hard to tell which are the critical ones) Path dependence (firm succeeded because of specific historical circumstances that no longer exist) But might be able hire away a few key employees?
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