Investigating market orientation and positioning in star-rated hotels in Ghana

Robert Ebo Hinson, Ibn Kailan Abdul-Hamid*, Ellis L.C. Osabutey

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Abstract

Purpose: Market orientation and positioning have been widely recognized as organizational metrics linked to hotel performance. The purpose of this study is to offer the link among market orientation, positioning and hotel performance in Ghana’s (luxury) hotel sector. It also reports on the joint influence of market orientation and positioning on hotel performance in the same sector. Design/methodology/approach: Three hypotheses were investigated on the link between market orientation and hotel performance, positioning and hotel performance, and the joint effect of market orientation and positioning on hotel performance. A survey of star-rated (luxury) hotels in the capital city of Ghana was used. One hundred and five responses were used in the analysis. Descriptive statistics, exploratory factor analysis and hierarchical regression were used to test the three hypotheses. Findings: All hypotheses were accepted. Market orientation and positioning jointly affect hotel performance, and the study provides hotel managers with suggestions on how to enhance their performance via market orientation and positioning. Research limitations/implications: Market orientation, positioning, and performance measures focused on management perspectives without including perceptions of customers. Originality/value: This study is one of the few attempts to systematically investigate the intertwined concepts of market orientation, positioning and performance in a developing economy hospitality context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2629-2646
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Volume29
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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