The role and impact of firm’s strategic orientations on launch performance: significance of relationship orientation

Minna Matikainen*, Harri Terho, Petri Parvinen, Anne Juppo

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Purpose: This study examines the role and relative impact of market orientation, product orientation and relationship orientation on new product launch performance, investigating product advantage and market-based assets as alternative mediating mechanisms, which link these strategic orientations to launch performance. Design/methodology/approach: Survey data from the pharmaceutical industry are used to test hypotheses in the research model using partial least squares modeling. Findings: Findings show that while each examined strategic orientation relates positively to launch performance, their performance effects and related mechanisms vary significantly. Results demonstrate a firm’s relationship orientation is the strongest predictor of launch performance, and accumulated market-based assets represent an alternative relational mediator besides product advantage linking firms’ orientations and launch performance. Research limitations/implications: The empirical study is based on cross-sectional data collected in one specific industry sector. The authors encourage researchers to confirm the key findings in different industry and other contextual settings. Practical implications: New product launch can be effectively managed as a relational activity. Firms benefit from paying explicit attention to strategic orientations and relationships. Especially, top management should foster a relationship-oriented organizational culture, develop relational competences and fully use the firm’s accumulated market-based assets for increased launch performance. Originality/value: The study extends knowledge on the role of strategic orientations in launch performance by highlighting the significance of relationship orientations and providing novel knowledge on the key mediating mechanisms between strategic orientations and launch performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-639
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Business and Industrial Marketing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Launch performance
  • Market orientation
  • Market-based assets
  • New product launch
  • Product advantage
  • Product orientation
  • Relationship orientation


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