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The role of interactive practice in business performance

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Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1542
Number of pages22
JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Volume120
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Purpose
Despite the relatively long research continuum on IT capability and performance, the “IT capability-performance” link has remained hazy especially related to the mediating role of IT-based communication and networking overall. Therefore, this study investigates how IT capability affects Internet interactive practice and how it further affects marketing effectiveness and firm success.
Design/methodology/approach
The authors collected the survey data from 504 manufacturers in China, and structural equation modeling is used to test the hypotheses.
Findings
The results indicate that (1) IT capability has positive effects on both interorganizational systems (IOS)-enabled and social media (SM)-enabled interactive practice; (2) IOS-enabled interactive practice has a significant positive effect on both marketing and financial performance while SM-enabled interactive practice has a positive effect on marketing performance but no effect on financial performance; (3) IOS-enabled interactive practice mediates the effect of IT capability on marketing and financial performance while SM-enabled interactive practice only mediates the effect of IT capability on marketing performance; (4) marketing performance mediates the impact of IOS-enabled and SM-enabled interactive practice on financial performance.
Originality/value
This study has highlighted the role of social media practice in the relationship between IT capability and firm performance, which makes certain theoretical contributions to the existing research.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland