Title: The business model for small and medium-sized enterprises - a systematic literature review

Authors: Patrizia Di Tullio; Lara Tarquinio

Addresses: Department of Economic Studies (DEc), University 'G. d'Annunzio' of Chieti-Pescara, Viale della Pineta, 4 – 65129 Pescara, Italy ' Department of Economic Studies (DEc), University 'G. d'Annunzio' of Chieti-Pescara, Viale della Pineta, 4 – 65129 Pescara, Italy

Abstract: Academic literature recognises the strategic importance of the business model (BM) for a firm's performance. However, only recently, the BM of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has aroused growing interest in academic research, though a systematic literature review on it is still lacking. This paper fills a gap of the literature proposing a systematic and comprehensive examination of SME's BM and identify potential avenues for future research. Moreover, this study integrates all the aspects of SMEs' BM coherently in a designed conceptual framework. It links them to BM's topics and assists practitioners in assessing and defining the SMEs' BM.

Keywords: small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; business model; systematic literature review; SLR; internationalisation; collaboration; innovation; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2021.10036819

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2021 Vol.12 No.2, pp.124 - 152

Received: 20 Jun 2020
Accepted: 31 Aug 2020

Published online: 30 Mar 2021 *

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