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Strategic orientations and firm innovativeness: a necessary condition analysis

Nguyen Dinh Tho (University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) (School of Business, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)

Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Article publication date: 22 March 2019

Issue publication date: 18 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to decipher the levels of three strategic orientations – learning orientation, entrepreneurial orientation (proactiveness and risk taking) and marketing orientation (responsiveness to customers, responsiveness to competitors, responsiveness to the macro-environment and business relationship quality) – that are necessary for firm innovativeness.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from a sample of 316 firms in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Multiple regression analysis (MRA) was employed to examine the net effects of seven factors (learning orientation, proactiveness, risk taking, responsiveness to customers, responsiveness to competitors, responsiveness to changes in the macro-environment and business relationship quality) on firm innovativeness. Necessary condition analysis (NCA) was then employed to discover the level of these factors as necessary conditions for firm innovativeness.

Findings

The results produced by MRA show that learning orientation, proactiveness, responsiveness to customers and responsiveness to competitors have positive effects on firm innovativeness. The results from the NCA reveal that six out of seven conditions exhibit varying necessary levels for firm innovativeness.

Practical implications

The findings are relevant to senior managers and suggest that the levels of strategic orientations necessary for firm innovativeness vary. Firms therefore should pay attention not only to the net effects (beta weights) but also to their necessary levels. Based on their resources and capabilities, firms should take into account the necessary level of each strategic orientation in order to achieve their innovativeness goal.

Originality/value

This study is among the first to decipher the levels of three strategic orientations (learning orientation, entrepreneurial orientation and marketing orientation) that are necessary for firm innovativeness.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant from the UEH International School of Business (Grant No. UEH.ISB.16.003).

Citation

Tho, N.D. (2019), "Strategic orientations and firm innovativeness: a necessary condition analysis", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 427-442. https://doi.org/10.1108/BJM-07-2018-0280

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