Key success factors: Test of a general theory in the mature industrial‐product sector

Jorge Alberto Sousa De Vasconcellos E Sá, Donald C. Hambrick

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This study tests the suppositions that (1) industries differ in their key success factors, and (2) firms whose strengths match those factors will perform well. A typology of mature industrial‐product industries, classified according to their core technology and transaction complexity, allows very strong prediction of key success factors in differing contexts. The ratings of key success factors by expert panels in six industries were in extremely close agreement with the hypotheses. Another set of expert panels in the six industries provided additional data which strongly indicated that firm profitability depends on having strengths that match the industry'S particular key success factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-382
Number of pages16
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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