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|Title: ||Spontaneity and international marketing performance|
|Authors: ||Souchon, Anne L.|
Farrell, Andrew M.
Oliveira, Joao S.
|Keywords: ||International marketing|
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Publisher: ||© Emerald|
|Citation: ||SOUCHON, A.L. ... et al, 2016. Spontaneity and international marketing performance. International Marketing Review, 33 (5), pp. 671-690.|
|Abstract: ||Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to ascertain how today’s international marketers can
perform better on the global scene by harnessing spontaneity.
Design/methodology/approach - We draw on contingency theory to develop a model of the
spontaneity–international marketing performance relationship, and identify three potential
moderators, namely strategic planning, centralization, and market dynamism. We test the model
via structural equation modeling with survey data from 197 UK exporters.
Findings - The results indicate that spontaneity is beneficial to exporters in terms of enhancing
profit performance. In addition, greater centralization and strategic planning strengthen the
positive effects of spontaneity. However, market dynamism mitigates the positive effect of
spontaneity on export performance (when customer needs are volatile, spontaneous decisions do
not function as well in terms of ensuring success).
Practical implications – Learning to be spontaneous when making export decisions appears to result in favorable outcomes for the export function. To harness spontaneity, export managers
should look to develop company heuristics (including centralization and strategic planning). Finally, if operating in dynamic export market environments, the role of spontaneity is weaker, so
more conventional decision-making approaches should be adopted.
Originality/value - The international marketing environment typically requires decisions to be
flexible and fast. In this context, spontaneity could enable accelerated and responsive decisionmaking,
allowing international marketers to realize superior performance. Yet, there is a lack of
research on decision-making spontaneity and its potential for international marketing
|Description: ||This paper was published in the journal International Marketing Review and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/IMR-06-2014-0199.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IMR-06-2014-0199|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Business)|
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