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n South African Journal of Business Management - Customer orientation on new product activities and performance from the contract manufacturer's viewpoint

Volume 45, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2078-5585

Abstract

Studies have suggested the positive effect of customer orientation on superior performance. However, these studies have not shown how to covert customer orientation into superior performance through new product development (NPD) activities. The purpose of this study was to fill the gap between customer orientation and new product performance and elucidate the mediating influence of product launch, product development capability, and innovativeness on the relationship between customer orientation and new product performance. From the contract manufacturer's perspective, it was proposed that customer orientation toward new product performance affects NPD activities. Focus was placed on product launch because the launch stage is the most expensive and riskiest aspect of NPD activities. Focus was also given to product development capability, which facilitates superior product performance. Product innovativeness also plays a crucial role in building competitive advantage. NPD activities include product launch, product development capability, and product innovativeness. We used a questionnaire to collect data to test the postulated research model and hypotheses from project, account and product managers in the high-tech industry. The results demonstrated the strong positive effect of customer orientation on NPD activities, and NPD activities play crucial roles as mediators between customer orientation and new product performance.

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2014-09-01
2019-08-21

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