The specific research questions are: (1a) What kind of marketing activities do privately-held growth-oriented firms select to invest their external funding in?; (1b) How do (i) the source of funding and (ii) strategic factors such as market-based assets affect the selection of marketing investments?; and (2) What configurations of marketing investments, sources of funding, and strategic factors such as market-based assets are effective in attaining the business growth goal? The research questions are examined with a sample of 200 growth-oriented private firms, merging survey data on their marketing investment selection, and objective data on their financial business performance. The findings reveal how the source of capital and market-based assets as well as other strategic factors (e.g., business-to-consumer [B2C] vs. business-to-business [B2B] profile; business model) affect the selection of marketing investments, and the effectiveness of those investments for growth. Considering the effectiveness, the study indicates, for instance, that a combination of product development (PDM) investment, mass-produced product, debt funding, and extensive stocks of market-based assets was consistently associated with high growth in B2B context, while a combination of PDM investment, customized product, other equity funding (than entrepreneur herself), and modest stocks of domestic assets and assets abroad was associated with high growth in B2C context. Taken together, the findings further advance marketing science and practice by increasing understanding of the financial implications of marketing investments and, specifically, the roles of source of capital and market-based assets in marketing investment selection and effectiveness.
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Julkaisija Kauppakorkeakoulu (Aalto-yliopisto) Julkaisuvuosi 2014 Sivumäärä 236 Kieli Suomi Sarjat Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS Ulkoasu B5,pehmeäkantinen ISBN 9789526056944 ISSN 1799-4934