How entrepreneurial SMEs compete through digital platforms: The roles of digital platform capability, network capability and ambidexterity

Javier Cenamor*, Vinit Parida, Joakim Wincent

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Abstract

Digitalization offers unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, many entrepreneurial SMEs lack resources and capabilities or suffer from inertia, which hampers these opportunities. This study investigates how entrepreneurial SMEs can enhance performance through digital platforms. Specifically, the study examines the effect of digital platform capability and network capability on entrepreneurial SMEs’ financial performance. The study also examines how exploitation and exploration orientations moderate this relationship. Based on analysis of 230 entrepreneurial SMEs, the results indicate that digital platform capability has a positive indirect effect on entrepreneurial SMEs’ performance via network capability. The study also shows that exploitation and exploration orientations negatively and positively moderate this effect, respectively. The results suggest that entrepreneurial SMEs can enhance their performance through digital platform capability by aligning this capability with their orientation. These findings thereby enrich the literature on entrepreneurial SMEs and capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Research
Volume100
Issue numberJuly
Pages (from-to)196-206
Number of pages11
ISSN0148-2963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03.04.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digitalization
  • Innovation management
  • Entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises

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