Digital technology and marketing management capability: achieving growth in SMEs

Foroudi, Pantea, Suraksha, Gupta, Nazarian, Alireza and Duda, Marta (2017) Digital technology and marketing management capability: achieving growth in SMEs. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 20 (2). pp. 230-246. ISSN 1352-2752

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationships between digital technology, tangible/intangible assets and marketing capabilities to gain more insight into the factors related to small- and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs’) growth in the UK. Based on the resource-advantage theory, this research addresses the question “to what extent does digital technology influence marketing capability which leads to companies’ growth?”

Design/methodology/approach
Data were gathered through 21 in-depth interviews with managers from different multinational organizations and six focus groups with employees.

Findings
The study identifies the two key components of digital technology as information quality and service convenience. In addition, the relationships between digital technology, tangible/intangible assets and marketing capabilities perform the significant role of facilitator of a company’s growth.

Research limitations/implications
The focus on UK SMEs limits the generalizability of the results. Further studies should be conducted in other sectors and country settings to examine the associations identified in the current study.

Originality/value
This study identifies the main impacts of digital technology on intellectual/physical assets. While managers and employees have specified that marketing capability is significant for organizations, there are a few other areas of concern with regard to consequences related to a company’s growth, competence and core competence, particularly in an SME’s setting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Emerald Publishing Limited 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital technology, Competencies, Information quality, Design innovation, Marketing capabilities
Subjects: Business and finance > Business and management
Business and finance
Depositing User: David Phillips
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 10:38
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3312

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