Skip to content
Journal article

Core Competence, Distinctive Competence, and Competitive Advantage: What Is the Difference?

Mooney A...(+1 more)

Journal of Education for Business, vol. 83, issue 2 (2007) pp. 110-115 Published by Heldref

  • 111


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.
  • N/A


    ScienceDirect users who have downloaded this article.
Sign in to save reference


Core competence, distinctive competence, and competitive advantage are 3 of the most important business concepts that managers, researchers, and educators rely on for decision making, pedagogy, and research. However, little attention has been paid to defining these concepts. As a result, they have become buzzwords that are used so frequently that their meanings are often taken for granted but are not fully understood. In this article, the author reviews the evolution of these concepts in business literature and provides comprehensive definitions, conceptual models, and examples to help clarify and distinguish the concepts so that failures of communication can be avoided.

Author-supplied keywords

  • competencies
  • competitive advantage
  • strategy

Find this document

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below