Firms can earn rents from not only their own intangible assets (FIAs), but also from the intangible assets of their owner organizations (OIAs). Although the literature has established that rent creation from FIAs depends on the quality of institutions, it remains unclear how institutional quality influences rents from OIAs. This study examines how the rents from OIAs and FIAs change when they are deployed in environments with different institutional quality. Combining insights from the RBV and institutional economics, we develop and test a set of predictions using a sample of over 6000 energy firms from 23 European countries. The study shows that the effect of institutional quality on rent creation is asymmetric, being positive for FIAs and negative for OIAs. In addition, the OIAs drawn from multiple owners create higher rents than OIAs from a single owner. Such ‘multiplicity-of-ownership’ advantages are stronger in countries with better institutional quality. The contribution of the study lies in explaining how the two types of IAs generate rents for the focal firm, and in clarifying why the creation of such rents is contingent on the institutional context in which they are deployed.
|Journal||British Journal of Management|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Dec 2022|
- intangible assets
- rent creation