Issue: 2020/Vol.30/No.2, Pages 39-57


Zbigniew Malara, Paweł Ziembicki

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Cite as: Z. Malara, P. Ziembicki. Information gap in value propositions of business models of language schools. Operations Research and Decisions 2020: 30(2), 39-57. DOI 10.37190/ord200204

The paper presents the results of the second stage of research on business models of language schools. It was assumed that there is a significant difference in the value propositions of schools and the expectations of their clients. An examination procedure was planned with the use of a questionnaire and statistical analysis such as factor analysis, on its basis. Respondents consisted of a group of school managers (representing the majority of enterprises in Lower Silesia) on the one hand and, on the other hand, a large group of former and current clients. The results of the research confirm the existence of a gap in the perception of the values of both groups. The analysis has been conducted in the convention of the business model canvas template. The distinctness of the offer’s perception is presented in the form of activity packages, responsible for creating value for the clients (the right side of the model canvas). The structure of the packages, as a picture of the gap, is discussed. The results of the first stage of the research, diagnosing the influence of the surrounding elements on the business models of language schools, are also referred to. Directional changes in the business models that result from both stages of the research are suggested. The strategic dimension of the gap results from the strategy-business model relation. In light of the literature review, it may be supposed that the research is unique due to the segment of subjects and research methodology.

Keywords: enterprises segment, analysis (measurement), renewal, proposition, manager

Received: 8 May 2019    Accepted: 12 August 2020