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Processes 2019, 7(4), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7040211

Resource and Information Access for SME Sustainability in the Era of IR 4.0: The Mediating and Moderating Roles of Innovation Capability and Management Commitment

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Department of Management, Faculty of Business Administration, Iqra University, Karachi 75500, Sindh, Pakistan
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School of Quantitative Sciences, College of Art and Sciences, Universiti Utara, Malaysia 06010, Kedah, Malaysia
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Department of Management Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100, Punjab, Pakistan
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Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration, Iqra University, Karachi 75500, Sindh, Pakistan
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Received: 12 March 2019 / Revised: 6 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 12 April 2019
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Abstract

In the era of industrial revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), sustainability has been a serious challenge of contemporary small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Using Natural Resource-Based-View (NRBV), the current paper examines the moderated mediation model of the role of information access in the sustainability of SMEs, through the mediating role of access to resource and innovation capability in the relationship between information access and sustainability, and the moderating role of management commitment in the relationship between innovation capability and SME sustainability. This paper gathered data from 222 SMEs in Pakistan. The study used a purposive sampling technique to distribute the survey questionnaire. Smart-PLS software was used to analyze the data. The study finding indicates that access to information affects both sustainability and innovation capability. Moreover, access to resources affects innovation capability, though it did not affect SME sustainability. Furthermore, innovation capability mediates the relationship between access to resources, access to information, and SME sustainability. Additionally, management commitment moderates the relationship between access to information and innovation capability; however, it does not moderate the relationship between access to resources and innovation capability. Practical, theoretical, and methodological implications are discussed in the study. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial revolution (IR 4.0); sustainability; innovation capability; information; resource; management commitment; SMEs industrial revolution (IR 4.0); sustainability; innovation capability; information; resource; management commitment; SMEs
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Imran, M.; Salisu, I.; Aslam, H.D.; Iqbal, J.; Hameed, I. Resource and Information Access for SME Sustainability in the Era of IR 4.0: The Mediating and Moderating Roles of Innovation Capability and Management Commitment. Processes 2019, 7, 211.

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