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Table 2 Discriminant validity (Fornell and Larcker (1981), criterion)

From: Innovation practices for survival of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the COVID-19 times: the role of external support

  BP PS EA EX EK ES FI Lead Pro Reg. Stra. Struc.
Business performance 0.803            
Business survival 0.536 0.525           
Employees’ activities 0.401 0.318 0.856          
Expenses −0.150 −0.088 −0.065 0.720         
External knowledge 0.105 0.032 0.264 0.161 0.756        
External support 0.121 0.145 0.127 0.136 0.213 0.726       
Financial indicators 0.462 0.916 0.182 −0.099 −0.107 0.092 0.719      
Leadership 0.359 0.415 0.479 −0.060 0.300 0.168 0.228 0.747     
Production −0.166 −0.141 −0.057 0.496 0.234 0.220 −0.167 −0.050 0.718    
Regeneration 0.219 0.235 0.437 −0.016 0.310 0.078 0.121 0.509 0.045 0.710   
Strategy 0.413 0.712 0.337 −0.064 0.243 0.180 0.394 0.511 −0.033 0.298 0.756  
Structures −0.154 −0.113 −0.049 0.792 0.263 0.238 −0.135 −0.049 0.912 0.025 −0.032 0.563
  1. Values in the diagonal indicate the square root of latent variable AVE, representing the highest value in each column