The degree of imitability is determined by the strength of isolating mechanisms (Peteraf, 1993), which moves along a continuum from extremely strong to strong isolating mechanisms in the domain of the RBV and RV, and gradually transitions into the domain of the PBV and SCPV with weak to nonexistent isolating mechanisms.
If only looking at the practice in isolation we can place a specific practice in the PBV or the SCPV quadrant; however, the way in which the practice is implemented may differ across firms.
At the same time, these less imitable resources may simply appear to be less imitable (and actually be praaices) because we have not yet identified those resources and helped to make them more tangible for managers, thus moving the resource that is coupled with the practice from the RBV or RV quadrant to the PBV or SCPV quadrant.
We believe that our conceptualization of the SCPV has the potential for stimulating SCM research that offers both theoretical grounding and strong managerial utility (Corley & Gioia, 2011).
Second, the SCPV shifts our attention to the myriad practices that are imitable and transferable, yet still might offer varying performance benefits to supply chains.
The SCPV could be applied to examine practices beyond dyads and across supply chains.
Fifth, and most importantly, the SCPV has implications for the kind of advice that supply chain scholars can offer to practitioners.
The SCPV offers a perspective on SCM research that complements and extends the RBV, RV, and PBV.