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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 344; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020344

Drivers and Outcomes of Business Model Innovation—Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perspective

Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, 4000 Kranj, Slovenia
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Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 28 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
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Business model innovation (BMI) is one of the key activities, which has to be continuously undertaken in every enterprise to sustain competitiveness in today’s digital economy. Although the interest in business models (BM) has risen significantly since the late 1990s, little is known about BMI practices in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), representing a majority of enterprises in the European market. Our study addresses this research gap and focuses on the investigation of drivers and outcomes of BMI in SMEs. A partial least squares path modeling (PLS-PM) method was used to empirically test the model using data collected in 2017 from 71 SMEs in Slovenia. Results have shown that the innovativeness of enterprises and their business environment has a positive impact on the level of BMI activities in the enterprises. However, this is not the case of fast developing and rapidly changing information technology. In addition, the results show that the level of BMI has a positive impact on BMI outcomes and further on overall business performance. The results contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of BMI activities in SMEs and offer useful insights to SMEs that intend to innovate their business model(s) and government to create a supportive environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: business model; business model innovation; drivers; innovation; business environment; information technology; outcomes; performance; SMEs business model; business model innovation; drivers; innovation; business environment; information technology; outcomes; performance; SMEs
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Pucihar, A.; Lenart, G.; Kljajić Borštnar, M.; Vidmar, D.; Marolt, M. Drivers and Outcomes of Business Model Innovation—Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perspective. Sustainability 2019, 11, 344.

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