The impact of strategic fit among strategy, structure, and processes on multinational corporation performance: A multimethod assessment
by Xu, Shichun, S. Tamer Cavusgil, J. Chris White
Journal of international marketing 14, no. 2 (2006): 1-31
The international marketing literature has produced divergent findings regarding the effect of a standardized marketing strategy on firm performance among large multinational corporations (MNCs). Prior research has typically considered external or environmental factors to reconcile different findings. This study employs multiple perspectives of strategic fit (moderation, mediation, profile deviation, and covariation) to examine the effect of the internal fit among strategy, structure, and processes of MNCs and explores their effects on firm performance. Empirical results based on 206 MNCs support the mediation, profile deviation, and covariation perspectives, but they fail to confirm the moderation perspective.