n South African Journal of Business Management - How do learning orientation and strategy yield innovativeness and superior firm performance?

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-5585


This paper attempts to shed light on the role of learning orientations of firms and their adoption of Porter's generic strategies on four dependent variables: Behavioral innovativeness, product innovativeness, technological innovativeness and, ultimately, firm performance. Hierarchical regressions were run with data from a random sample of 121 firms operating in Turkey. Findings indicate that internally-focused learning, market-focused learning and differentiation strategy have significant effects on the three innovativeness dimensions. When firm performance is included as the eventual outcome variable into the analysis, internally-focused learning, focus strategy and product innovativeness emerge as its main predictors. In fast-paced, highly unpredictable market environments, managers can make use of these findings to their benefit in terms of elevating their firms' innovativeness and performance levels.

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