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Resource commitment behaviour of industrial exhibitors: an exploratory study

Po‐Chien Li (College of Management, Yuan Ze University, Jhongli City, Taiwan)
Kenneth R. Evans (Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
Yen‐Chun Chen (College of Management, Yuan Ze University, Jhongli City, Taiwan)
Charles M. Wood (Department of Management and Marketing, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 2 August 2011




The purpose of this study is to assist practitioners in improving the benefits they receive from trade shows. This study seeks to investigate the behaviour of resource commitment of exhibiting firms and its relationships with market orientation and exhibition performance.


Data were collected at the 2007 Suzhou Circuitex Show, which is held annually in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. It is one of the largest international shows for the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. A total of 315 questionnaires were handed out and 185 usable questionnaires were returned.


The results advance the theoretical understanding of the market orientation‐resource commitment behaviour – performance framework within the setting of an industrial trade show. This study finds that market orientation is positively associated with an exhibiting firm's resource commitment behaviour, which in turn has varying influences on the different dimensions of trade show performance.

Research limitations/implications

The cross‐sectional study suggests that different facets of exhibition resource commitment may have distinct effects on several dimensions of trade show performance. Future research should adopt a longitudinal survey and extend this study domain to a broader range of industrial contexts.

Practical implications

The research provides a better understanding of the development process of trade show programmes for practitioners in industrial firms to develop effective exhibition strategies.


This paper fills a significant gap in the literature and offers evidence for the relationships among market orientation, resource commitment behaviour and trade show performance. Furthermore, the current research identifies three aspects of resource commitment behaviour and creates corresponding measures for them.



Li, P., Evans, K.R., Chen, Y. and Wood, C.M. (2011), "Resource commitment behaviour of industrial exhibitors: an exploratory study", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 430-442.



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