Publication

The impact of dynamic capabilities on the sustainability performance of SMEs

Eikelenboom, M. & de Jong, G., 20-Oct-2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 235, p. 1360-1370 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Copy link to clipboard

Documents

  • The impact of dynamic capabilities on the sustainability performance of SMEs

    Final publisher's version, 863 KB, PDF document

    Request copy

DOI

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
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

ID: 101446867