Law, Strategy and Competitive Advantage

In the hunt for sources of competitive advantage, scholars have identified opportunities in most business-related disciplines, including marketing, accounting, human resources, and management. Competitive advantage from cross-functional perspectives such as organizational capital, human capital, and global competition have also received vast amounts of scholarly time and attention. The end result has been a cornucopia of research on improving organizational strategy to capture and sustain competitive advantage. Despite this fact, the thought of an organization’s regulatory and legal landscape as a source of advantage has remained largely unexplored.

The increased corporate regulation brought about by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and the increased demand for legal compliance programs, coupled with the trend in using litigation as a tool for business reform, have increased organization’s regulatory obligations. This increased scrutiny means that legal and regulatory issues may be one of the most important determinants in a organization’s external operating environment.

Compliance is quite possibly the last great source of untapped competitive advantage available today.

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