This paper aims to examine the effect of new product launch actions and firm reputation on firm performance in the Chinese auto industry.
This analysis adopts empirical data from 66 auto firms in China’s auto market from 2007 to 2012 to explore how new product launch actions undertaken by a firm can contribute to achieving superior performance and to investigate the relationships between new product launch actions and firm performance. Moreover, how firm reputation interacts with new product launch actions to affect firm performance is also investigated. Fixed effects regression model following the Hausman specification test was used to quantitatively examine the relationship.
It was concluded that the focal firm’s new product launch actions, including new product launch breadth, complexity and heterogeneity of its new repertoire of product launch actions, and firm reputation can impact its performance. Firm reputation can impact the signaling process and the capability of firms to enhance their performance via new product launch movements.
This research contributes to new product launch research by providing a more comprehensive view of competitive dynamic actions by which a firm’s performance is strengthened by examining the effects of two factors that affect performance. These factors are as follows: the characteristics in terms of breadth, complexity, and heterogeneity of new product launch actions undertaken by a firm and the characteristic of firm reputation.
This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71642005, 71373250 and 71702180).
Liu, Y., Cheng, P. and Zhao, D. (2018), "New product launch actions and firm performance: The effects of breadth, complexity and heterogeneity", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 79-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-06-2017-0156
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