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Barriers to Business Model Innovation in Swedish Agriculture
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7139-7338
2015 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 7, no 2, 1957-1969 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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. © 2015 by the authors.

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Basel: MDPI , 2015. Vol. 7, no 2, 1957-1969 p.
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barriers, business model innovation, agriculture
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-28200DOI: 10.3390/su7021957ISI: 000350217700046ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84923167415OAI: diva2:809528
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