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Culture, conduct and innovation: a deconstruction of market orientation

David C. Roach (School of Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
Joel Ryman (Department of Management and Marketing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA)
Joshua White (Department of Management and Marketing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA)

Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1471-5201

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This purpose of this study is to deconstruct market orientation to explore how culture interrelates with conduct and value-creating innovation and its effect on performance. The authors suggest that market orientation is an organizational identity that can be built and managed for sustained competitive advantage.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use a split sample of 553 Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both the manufacturing and technical service sectors. Hierarchical moderated regression analysis is used to test the main hypothesis that culture moderates the relationship between conduct and innovation. Support for the respective hypotheses is determined by the statistical significance of each focal variable.

Findings

The study finds that culture does in fact moderate the relationship between conduct and innovation but only in service firms, not in manufacturing firms.

Research limitations/implications

Theoretical implications include establishing support for the main premise of the paper, namely, that market-oriented culture interacts with the behavioral component of market orientation influencing the firm’s ability to create value through innovation.

Practical implications

Managerial implications include the refinement of the many conceptualizations of the innovation construct by establishing innovation as value-creating. It also provides insight on how firm culture relates to the systems and processes used to operationalize both a market and innovation conduct within the firm.

Originality/value

This paper provides a unique insight into the marketing/innovation interface, specifically in the context of SMEs.

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Citation

C. Roach, D., Ryman, J. and White, J. (2014), "Culture, conduct and innovation: a deconstruction of market orientation", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 128-145. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-01-2014-0002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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