Customer orientation and SME performance in Albania: A case study of the mediating role of innovativeness and innovation behavior

Shpresim Domi, Joan Lluís Capelleras, Bari Musabelliu

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2019. Although the tourism industry in Albania has had an impressive growth in the last years, it is currently facing several challenges. This study examines the determinants of Albanian tourism small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) performance. More specifically, the direct effects of customer orientation (CO) on performance and its indirect effects mediated by innovativeness and innovation behavior are investigated. Quantitative data from a survey conducted on 211 Albanian tourism SMEs, together with qualitative information gathered from personal interviews, are considered. Results indicate that CO has a direct positive impact not only on performance but also on both innovativeness and innovation behavior. However, none of these two dimensions of innovation play a mediating role in the relationship between CO and performance. Implications from these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Vacation Marketing
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Albania
  • customer orientation
  • firm performance
  • innovation behavior
  • innovativeness
  • SME

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