The purpose of this paper is to learn how strategic hybrid orientation – constructed from brand and market orientations – is related to the brand awareness, brand credibility, and financial performance of business-to-business (B2B) small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The questionnaire was used in a survey to collect data from 250 Finnish B2B SMEs. The sampled firms were categorized into four clusters according to a two-by-two matrix, and their relationships with the brand performance outcomes were examined using one-way ANOVA and multiple regression.
The results indicate that strategic hybrid orientation is positively related to all three dimensions of brand performance, showing that two dissimilar orientations can complement each other in improving brand performance outcomes. However, the strength of complementary interaction seems to vary depending on the degree to which brand- and market-oriented attributes dominate in a firm’s strategy.
This is one of the first studies to provide empirical evidence to support the concept of strategic hybrid orientation for branding in B2B SMEs. This study aims to contribute to existing research on SME branding by capitalizing on B2B branding and strategic management literatures.
Muhammad Anees-ur-Rehman is grateful to the Finnish Cultural Foundation for funding this study.
Anees-ur-Rehman, M., Saraniemi, S., Ulkuniemi, P. and Hurmelinna-laukkanen, P. (2017), "The strategic hybrid orientation and brand performance of B2B SMEs", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 585-606. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-11-2016-0171Download as .RIS
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