Title: An empirical investigation into the impact of firm's capabilities on competitiveness and performance

Authors: Shuen Mei, Ming Nie

Addresses: School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, West Dorm 5, Room 111, Wuhan 430074, PR China. ' School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei province 430074, PR China

Abstract: Equipped with the resource-based view and network perspective, a theoretical model is built on the basis of three constructs: firm|s capabilities, involving technology capability, marketing capability and network capability; competitiveness; and performance. Drawing upon a sample of 215 optoelectronic firms in Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Development Zone in PR China, results of a LISREL analysis indicate that firm|s capabilities affect competitiveness which in turn affects performance. Network capability has been shown to have significant influences on technology capability and marketing capability. In addition, the relationship between technology capability and marketing capability is positive and appears to be reinforced by each other.

Keywords: technology capability; marketing capability; network capability; competitiveness; firm performance; resource-based view; RBV; optoelectronics; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2008.019084

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2008 Vol.5 No.5, pp.574 - 589

Published online: 28 Jun 2008 *

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