Strategy‐managerial characteristics alignment and performance: A manufacturing perspective

Ravi Kathuria (Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA)
Stephen J. Porth (Department of Management and Information Systems, Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 March 2003

Abstract

Prior research of the influence of “upper echelon” managers has confirmed the importance of matching the characteristics of senior executives with the requirements of their organizations’ strategies. Firms that achieved higher levels of strategy‐manager alignment at both the corporate and business unit levels were found to have correspondingly higher levels of organizational performance. This study extends prior research of the strategy‐managerial characteristics relationship to the functional level of the organization. Specifically, based on a sample of 196 managers from 98 companies, this study investigates whether manufacturing units pursuing dissimilar strategies are led by manufacturing managers with dissimilar attributes, and whether the strategy‐manager alignment is related to the performance of the manufacturing unit. Results provide evidence to support these hypothesized relationships.

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Kathuria, R. and Porth, S.J. (2003), "Strategy‐managerial characteristics alignment and performance: A manufacturing perspective", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 255-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570310462758

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