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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1957-1969; doi:10.3390/su7021957

Barriers to Business Model Innovation in Swedish Agriculture

School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, CIEL, Halmstad 302 74, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Rachel J. C. Chen
Received: 23 December 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2015 / Published: 11 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Business and Development)
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Swedish agricultural companies, especially small farms, are struggling to be profitable in difficult economic times. It is a challenge for Swedish farmers to compete with imported products on prices. The agricultural industry, however, supports the view that through business model innovation, farms can increase their competitive advantage. This paper identifies and describes some of the barriers Swedish small farms encounter when they consider business model innovation. A qualitative approach is used in the study. Agriculture business consultants were interviewed. In a focus group led by the researchers, farmers discussed business model innovation, including the exogenous and endogenous barriers to such innovation. The paper concludes many barriers exist when farmers consider innovation of agricultural business models. Some barriers are caused by human factors, such as individuals’ attitudes, histories, and traditions. Other barriers are more contextual in nature and relate to a particular industry or company setting. Still other barriers, such as government regulations, value chain position, and weather, are more abstract. All barriers, however, merit attention when Swedish agricultural companies develop new business models. View Full-Text
Keywords: barriers; business model innovation; agriculture barriers; business model innovation; agriculture
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Sivertsson, O.; Tell, J. Barriers to Business Model Innovation in Swedish Agriculture. Sustainability 2015, 7, 1957-1969.

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