TITLE

UNOBSERVABLE EFFECTS AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

AUTHOR(S)
Jacobson, Robert
PUB. DATE
January 1990
SOURCE
Marketing Science;Winter90, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p74
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
While "unobservable" factors such as corporate culture, access to scarce resources, management skill, and luck can be postulated to be principal determinants of business success, their effects are all but ignored in studies of business performance. This study, making use of the PIMS data base, reports empirical evidence indicating that failure to control for unobservable factors influencing profitability both biases and exaggerates the effect of strategic factors. Indeed, the influence of unobservable factors is so pervasive as to invalidate many of the conclusions drawn from studies failing to control for their effects. (Business Performance; Marketing Strategy; Unobservable Effects)
ACCESSION #
4479174

 

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