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The mediating role of ambidextrous capability in learning orientation and new product performance

Jing-Wen Huang (National Pingtung University, Pingtung City, Taiwan)
Yong-Hui Li (National Pingtung University, Pingtung City, Taiwan)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Learning orientation is critical in new product development. However, research has disregarded how learning orientation operates via the potential mediator to influence new product performance. The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of ambidextrous capability in the relationship between learning orientation and new product performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical study uses a questionnaire approach designed to collect data for testing research hypotheses. This study tests the hypotheses using structural equation model in a sample of 336 firms in Taiwan.

Findings

The findings indicate that learning orientation relates positively to ambidextrous capability and new product performance. Ambidextrous capability, in turn, relates positively to new product performance. The results also support the argument that ambidextrous capability plays a mediating role in learning orientation and new product performance.

Originality/value

The value of this study is to identify ambidextrous capability as the potential mediator in the relationship between learning orientation and new product performance. The results enrich the understanding of learning orientation in new product project teams and suggest important implications for new product development and future research.

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Citation

Huang, J.-W. and Li, Y.-H. (2017), "The mediating role of ambidextrous capability in learning orientation and new product performance", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 613-624. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-01-2015-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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