Formulation of hypotheses
In this chapter the hypotheses for the empirical study are formulated based on experience and the literature analysis (see left part on theory in 3Figure 2). The hypotheses contain the totality of a business (micro layer) and its existence in the environment (macro layer). The distinction in these two layers is described in 3Section .2.3.2 on the research framework. Thus and at first, for each of my defined (sub-)components of a business model (1Table 0 and 2Figure 6) a single micro hypothesis is formulated (5Section .1). These micro hypotheses are used to examine particular aspects of a business model. Second, three macro hypotheses are formulated that concern the overall business model of LSPs and their customers (5Section .2). The purpose of the macro hypotheses is to examine overall issues on Hidden Champions and their business model. Each micro hypothesis and each macro hypothesis is summarized in boxes at the end of each section.
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