Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 149, Issue 2, pp 267–284 | Cite as

Exploring the Relationship Between Business Model Innovation, Corporate Sustainability, and Organisational Values within the Fashion Industry

  • Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum PedersenEmail author
  • Wencke Gwozdz
  • Kerli Kant Hvass


The objective of this paper is to examine the relationship between business model innovation, corporate sustainability, and the underlying organisational values. Moreover, the paper examines how the three dimensions correlate with corporate financial performance. It is concluded that companies with innovative business models are more likely to address corporate sustainability and that business model innovation and corporate sustainability alike are typically found in organisations rooted in values of flexibility and discretion. Business model innovation and corporate sustainability thus seem to have their origin in the fundamental principles guiding the organisation. In addition, the study also finds a positive relationship between the core organisational values and financial performance. The analysis of the paper is based on survey responses from 492 managers within the Swedish fashion industry.


Business model innovation Corporate sustainability Corporate social responsibility (CSR) Organisational values Financial performance 


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  • Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen
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  • Wencke Gwozdz
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  • Kerli Kant Hvass
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  1. 1.Copenhagen Business School Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR)Frederiksberg CDenmark

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