Benchmarking strategic core competencies of performance across Chinese and South Korean manufacturing companies

Niranjan Pati, Jooh Lee

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Purpose: This study empirically investigates the significance of the core competencies on various economic performance indices by utilizing accounting and market-based performance in Chinese and South Korean leading manufacturing companies. Design/methodology/approach: This research employs a series of hierarchical regression models to test the hypotheses concerning the significance of R&D and export strategy on firms' performance. Findings: This study finds that R&D intensity and foreign trade activities through export are most likely to be significantly associated with firm performance, particularly market-based performance, across the Chinese and South Korea manufacturing companies. The significance of other core strategic factors such as capital intensity, leverage, inventory turnover, labor productivity, administrative cost efficiency, and collection policy on performance was also contemplated. Originality/value: The relationship between R&D and firm performance has been an interesting issue concerning the performance measures employed across different country settings. Research issues addressed in this paper relate to how R&D, and foreign trade by export influence firm performance across two diverse economic environments inherent of Chinese and South Korean leading manufacturing firms. Particularly, this study explores the directions and magnitudes of the operational and strategic relationships between key strategic factors, such as R&D intensity, export by foreign trade, and the firm's economic and market-based performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2869-2890
Number of pages22
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management


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