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International Journal of Business Environment

International Journal of Business Environment (IJBE)

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International Journal of Business Environment (5 papers in press)

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  • Case Studies in Business Model Innovation: A Systematic Literature Network Analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Christoph Buck, David Michael Eder, Jonas Brügmann 
    Abstract: In todays society, the changes made by digitization are noticeable in all areas. Companies in every industry and of every size are increasingly confronted with the potential for change that digitization offers. Changing customer interests, technological innovations, and disappearing market boundaries are disrupting entire industries. Increasingly, scientific research is examining the opportunities, obstacles, and effects of digitization on business models based on case study research. However, this relevant field of research faces numerous challenges due to the interface of the research domains. This paper aims to answer the question of how the landscape of case study research in IS and management research is structured on the intersection of digitization and business model innovation. Therefore, we conduct a citation network analysis of case studies in this field, which we identified through a systematic literature review. We identify both the central theoretical findings on business model innovation and the fundamental works on the case study research method. Our results reveal four relevant literature clusters, which describe central research work and provide a valuable basis for future research. In this way, we enable future research to place its contribution both theoretically in the existing research landscape and to ensure a high methodological quality of the research.
    Keywords: Digitization; Business Model Change; Digital Transformation; Structured Literature Review; Case Study Research; Servitization; Digital Business Strategy.

  • Business strategy at times of crisis: Leveraging core competencies to sustain competitive advantage   Order a copy of this article
    by Shaike Marom, Robert Lussier 
    Abstract: How can business strategy be used to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage during a major crisis using dynamic capabilities? Business strategy and sustainable competitive advantage changes implementing dynamic capabilities are the drivers of company success during a crisis, without such changes a company will lose its competitive advantage and may not survive the crisis. This article methodology is a descriptive applied research analysis empirical investigation of how MNC executives used their core competencies in novel approaches towards fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic combining social relief together with strategic moves aimed at strengthening their core competencies.
    Keywords: business strategy; competitive advantage; core competencies; dynamic capabilities; sustainable competitive advantage; multinational corporations; business environment; external environment; crisis situation; COVID-19.

  • Business model innovation (BMI) in small enterprises from developing countries during COVID-19 outbreak: Exploring drivers and BMI outcomes   Order a copy of this article
    by Gabriel Martinez, Suresh Renukappa, Subashini Suresh 
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to provide understanding of driving forces for Business Model Innovation (BMI) during the pandemic for small businesses in developing countries, comparing them with identified BMI drivers before the outbreak and evaluating their response to the current crisis. A qualitative multiple case study is conducted as it allows the study of BMI within real life and contemporary context. Case study organisations that adopt innovative business models participated from technology, education, and social enterprises. Findings shows that small organisations are influenced by internal and external factors towards BMI during the pandemic. Case organisations showed resilience to the crisis by adjusting accordingly to allow uninterrupted operation during lockdown; developing new products, services and processes that would ensure sustained demand during COVID-19 pandemic. The study explores theoretical implications of the findings. Also, lessons from this research could be useful for practitioners from developed and developing countries. Policymakers from developing countries could benefit from focusing their activities on promoting firms to find novel ways of operating during times of pandemic preventing further economic damage and unemployment.
    Keywords: Business model innovation; COVID-19; driving forces; small enterprises; developing countries.

  • Events and their influence on the destination value   Order a copy of this article
    by Álvaro Dias, Leandro Pereira, Renato Lopes Da Costa, Georg Dutschke 
    Abstract: The study of the influence of events in the destinations where they take place has gained strength over the years, in the investigation of tourism, given their importance in promoting, positioning and shaping the image of the destination. This study aims to understand the influence of an event on the value of the destination addressing topics like sustainability, image and value of the destination, the local community, and value creation. To test the hypothesis, we followed a mixed-method approach, through a survey applied to visitors to an event and residents followed by qualitative investigation, in the form of semi-structured interview. Findings reveal that, with the exception of the local community, the event has a positive influence on other measures of value. The conclusions drawn from this study can provide a model for a strategic assessment of the three forces - event, destination and local community.
    Keywords: events; tourism; destination value; destination image; value added.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2021.10040170
  • The service-dominant logic revisited: the role of purchase frequency in changing the dynamics of value co-creation   Order a copy of this article
    by Jairo Salas-Paramo, Diana Escandon-Barbosa, Maria Del Carmen Alarcón-Del Amo, Josep Rialp-Criado 
    Abstract: This study analyses the effect of the moderation of the fashion and car industries between the individual and social precedents that influence value co-creation and its effect in consumer company identification. It draws on both the service-dominant logic perspective and social identity theory to understand how individual and social factors influence participation in value co-creation processes. It uses a multi-group structural equation model (SEM) is a sample of 400 consumers in the fashion and car industries in Colombia. Among the main findings is that value co-creation has influence depending on the industry in which activities are carried out to generate value. For the fashion industry, it is possible that value co-creation influences identification with the company, as well as altruism and pro-social behaviour. For the car industry, in contrast, only the consumer’s involvement in the processes of value co-creation becomes a mechanism that allows such identification with the company.
    Keywords: value co-creation; consumer company identification; pro-social behaviour; multi-group; car industry; fashion industry; service dominant-logic; social identity theory; altruism; involvement; moderation effects.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2021.10041275