To determine how critical predevelopment activities are for a market-oriented firm to achieve superior performance, our study uses data from 126 firms in The Netherlands to investigate the structural relationships among market orientation, the proficiency in predevelopment activities, new product performance, and organizational performance. The results provide evidence that market orientation is positively related to the proficiency in strategic planning, idea generation and idea screening. Strategic planning and idea generation are positively related to new product performance, which in itself is positively related to organizational performance. Market orientation has no direct relationship with new product performance and organizational performance. Another interesting finding is that the links between market orientation and new product performance, and between market orientation and organizational performance are not moderated by the characteristics of the market environment.
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Document Type: Research Article
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, Department of Marketing Management, The Netherlands
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Universiteit Nyenrode, Center for Supply Chain Management
Publication date: 2004-06-01