The impact of dynamic capabilities on the sustainability performance of SMEs

Manon Eikelenboom*, Gjalt de Jong

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Abstract

Despite environmental and social goals being identified as key objectives for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the literature has not provided an explanation of how these goals can be achieved alongside stable economic outcomes. Several researchers have argued that sustainability performance should be addressed through a process of constant adjustment, which can be facilitated by dynamic capabilities. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of integrative dynamic capabilities on the social, environmental and economic performance of SMEs. This study is among the first to investigate this effect and uses unique survey data from 297 SMEs in the Netherlands. The empirical results highlight the importance of external integrative dynamic capabilities for all three pillars of sustainability performance in SMEs. These findings contribute to the debate on the ability/inability of SMEs to balance social, environmental and economic objectives by integrating new insights from the dynamic capabilities literature. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1360-1370
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume235
Early online date2-Jul-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20-Oct-2019

Keywords

  • Sustainability performance
  • SMEs
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
  • ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY
  • INNOVATION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • BUSINESS
  • STRATEGY
  • LEADERSHIP
  • CONTEXT
  • MODEL

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