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Aligning tacit knowledge and competitive advantage: a resource-based view.

Osobajo, Oluyomi Abayomi; Bjeirmi, Bassam



This paper investigates the role of tacit knowledge in establishing competitive advantage using the resource-based view (RBV) theory. A framework for studying tacit knowledge, organisational performance, value creation and competitive advantage is introduced and used to analyse the oil and gas industry. The findings show that value creation and improved organisational performance play a mediating role between tacit knowledge and competitive advantage. On the one hand, the findings suggest an indirect relationship between tacit knowledge and competitive advantage, and it was instrumental when directed at creating avenues for improving organisational performance and innovations, i.e. value creation, which places an organisation in a competitive advantage position. On the other hand, organisational performance, which has a direct relationship with value creation has an indirect relationship with a competitive advantage.


OSOBAJO, O.A. and BJEIRMI, B. 2021. Aligning tacit knowledge and competitive advantage: a resource-based view. International journal of knowledge management studies [online], 12(3), pages 203-226. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 14, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2020
Publication Date Sep 30, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 18, 2021
Journal International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies
Print ISSN 1743-8268
Electronic ISSN 1743-8276
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 203-226
Keywords Resource-based view; RBV; Tacit knowledge; Organisational performance; Value creation; Competitive advantage; Upstream oil and gas sector
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