Product innovation strategy and competitive advantage: an empirical study of Portuguese exporters

Ana Lisboa, Gabor Nagy, Eleni (Lenia) Tsougkou, John W. Cadogan, Ian R. Hodgkinson, João S. Oliveira, Vicky M. Story, Nathaniel Boso

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The study seeks to develop and test a theory of how firm-level product innovation strategies (innovation intensity and radicality) interplay to shape one form of competitive advantage, the firm's customer value creation effectiveness. We argue that product innovation intensity has an inverted U-shaped relationship with customer value creation effectiveness, and that this relationship is moderated by the extent to which the product innovation strategy is characterized by radicalness, as well as the nature of the customer and competitive environments facing the firm. Our empirical work, based on survey data, provides support for the contingent nature of the success of product innovation strategies in providing the firm with access to sources of competitive advantage. If firms seek to optimize their customer value creation effectiveness, our findings are consistent with the claim that there are specific combinations of product innovation strategies that can be used on this front.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2021
EventEuropean Marketing Academy Conference 2021: EMAC 2021 - Online, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 25 May 202128 May 2021


ConferenceEuropean Marketing Academy Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleEMAC
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  • product innovation strategy
  • intensity
  • radicalness
  • Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

    Tsougkou, E., Cadogan, J. W., Hodgkinson, I. R., Oliveira, J. S., Story, V. M., Boso, N., Lioliou, E., Laukannen, T., Asmat-Nizam Abdul-Talib , A., Jean, R., Beracs, J., Nagy, G., Felzensztein, C., Martínez-López, F. J., Lisboa, A., Bilgin Wührer, Z., Thoumrungroje, A., Schwens, C., Walheiser, D., Ko, E., Sy-Chango, J., Schmitt, J., Souchon, A., Despoudi, S., Eibe Sørensen, H., Yazdani, N. & Asikainen, S.

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    Project: Research

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