Resource interaction and resource integration: Similarities, differences, reflections
Journal article, 2020

The purpose of this paper is to provide a state-of-the-art comparison of the conceptualization of resources in ‘Resource Interaction’ (IMP) and ‘Resource Integration’ (SDL). Both are engaged with understanding how value is (co)-created, but with different emphases. Existing comparisons are limited and out of date. We trace how each has evolved over time by analyzing key developments. The focus of SDL has shifted from operant resources towards resource integration, and from a dyadic view towards ecosystem contexts. Within IMP, research takes a network perspective in investigating the nature of resource interaction in a variety of empirical contexts. An analysis of similarities and differences highlights key assumptions, the classification of resources, and the role for the actor. The comparison offers a thorough understanding of Resource Interaction and Resource Integration. The paper concludes by proposing suggestions for further research for Resource Interaction.

Business networks

Resource integration




Resource interaction


Roberta Bocconcelli

University of Urbino

Per Carlborg

Örebro University

Debbie Harrison

Handelshoyskolen BI

Nina Hasche

Örebro University

Klas Hedvall

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Lei Huang

Stockholm School of Economics

Industrial Marketing Management

0019-8501 (ISSN)

Vol. 91 385-396

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Business Administration

Information Systemes, Social aspects



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