The impact of marketing capability, operations capability and diversification strategy on performance: A resource-based view
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AbstractUsing resource-based view (RBV) of the firm as a theoretical backdrop; we aim to find out the relative impact of a firm's functional capabilities (namely, marketing and operations) and diversification strategies (product/service and international diversification) on financial performance. We hypothesize that this linkage depends on the firm's relative efficiency to integrate its resource–capabilities–performance triad. Using archival data of 102 UK based logistics companies, we find marketing capability is the key determinant for superior financial performance. This study highlights that a market-driven firm is likely to have better business performance than a firm focusing solely on operational capabilities. Also, firms are better off when they focus on a narrow portfolio of products/services for the clients and concentrate on a diverse geographical market. Our findings provide a new perspective to model a firm's functional capabilities and diversification strategy on its financial performance and offer a benchmarking tool to improve resource allocation decisions.
CitationNath, P., Nachiappan, S. & Ramanathan, R. (2010) 'The impact of marketing capability, operations capability and diversification strategy on performance: A resource-based view', Industrial Marketing Management, 39(2), pp.317-329
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management