Proactive Customer Orientation and Its Role for Creating Customer Value in Global Markets

J. of the Acad. Mark. Sci. 39:216-233, June 2010

18 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2012

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Christopher Phillips Blocker

Colorado State University

Daniel Flint

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthew Myers

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stanley F. Slater

Colorado State University - College of Business, Department of Marketing

Date Written: May 6, 2010

Abstract

Today’s business customers expect sellers not only to respond effectively to their expressed needs but also to understand their business sufficiently well to proactively address their latent and future needs. Yet, research shows that many firms underestimate, misunderstand, or overlook these customer expectations. To draw clarity to this discrepancy, this study explores the notion of proactive customer orientation and examines the degree to which this capability offers an opportunity for competitive advantage. While research in recent years has explored the role of proactive customer orientation in new product performance, empirical investigation in this stream of market orientation literature is significantly underdeveloped. We assess the impact of the proactive customer orientation construct on value creation by taking a novel approach that examines the proactive customer orientation → value → satisfaction → loyalty chain using data from 800 business customers in India, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We find that, relative to other firm capabilities, proactive customer orientation is the most consistent driver of customer value across our multinational data set. Results also show robust effects for the interaction of proactive and responsive customer orientation to create superior value. Several moderating conditions further frame the impact of this capability: intense levels of customer value change, a global relationship scope, and a transna- tional relationship structure. Overall, findings significantly advance the understanding of the proactive dimension within market orientation and provide marketers with insights for voice of the customer processes.

Keywords: Proactive customer orientation, Market orientation, Customer value, Buyer-seller relationships

JEL Classification: M30, M31

Suggested Citation

Blocker, Christopher Phillips and Flint, Daniel and Myers, Matthew and Slater, Stanley F., Proactive Customer Orientation and Its Role for Creating Customer Value in Global Markets (May 6, 2010). J. of the Acad. Mark. Sci. 39:216-233, June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101422

Christopher Phillips Blocker (Contact Author)

Colorado State University ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523

Daniel Flint

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Matthew Myers

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Stanley F. Slater

Colorado State University - College of Business, Department of Marketing ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States

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