Publication | Strategic Management Journal

Resource Reallocation Capabilities in Internal Capital Markets

Dan Lovallo, Alexander L. Brown, David J. Teece, and David Bardolet

August 2020

David Teece coauthored an article about correlations of firm profitability with firm performance and how dynamic capabilities could increase the flow of resources across business segments.

A key question for any organization is how reallocating capital across business units is related to overall firm performance. We examine the correlations of firm profitability with a measure of change in year-to-year allocations across business units in a data set of several thousand firms spanning 18 years. Except in cases of the most extreme reallocations, our measure of firm reallocation is positively correlated with firm performance. Because we cannot prove causality, we cautiously conclude that our findings are consistent with a story that, in most cases, firms would benefit from greater internal reallocation of capital. The managerial question then becomes “what dynamic capabilities are necessary to increase the flow of resources across business segments?” Policies aimed at increasing allocation flow are likely to be beneficial.

Read the article in Strategic Management Journal.

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