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Business model based on strong sustainability: Insights from an empirical study
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Knowledge, Innovation and Marketing (KIM))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9579-3266
2019 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The extant literature on traditional and sustainable business models lacks insights into how strong sustainability-that is, constraining economic and social activities within the limitations of natural resources-can shape business models. Thus, the purpose of this article is to propose a business model framework based on the principles of strong sustainability (SSBM). The proposed framework is developed combining available literature and empirical insights from a qualitative abductive study of 12 permaculture business ventures in Sweden. The results identify nature as the primary stakeholder and recommend strong local anchorage, the creation of diversified income sources, deliberate limitations on economic growth, the infusion of the business model with a systemic and ecosystem perspective, and the design of value flows beyond financial aspects. The discussion reflects on the most important results, provides practical implications and managerial guidelines, and suggests future research in the SSBM.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
Keywords [en]
business models, economic growth, environmental sustainability, permaculture, strong sustainability, sustainable business models
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Business Administration
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Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18076DOI: 10.1002/bse.2440ISI: 000504575200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85077393188OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-18076DiVA, id: diva2:1384133
Available from: 2020-01-09 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved

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