Purpose: The purpose of this article is to identify what are the cause-effect patterns of how company actions inﬂuence value drivers in Polish frms.
Method: The method used in the study consists of (1) the generation of informant reports (stories) about what actions performed in their frms inﬂuenced the value drivers and (2) the identifcation of the repeating (replicating) patterns of such inﬂuence.
Results: The study identifes fve actions that reduce the unproductive time of participants of business processes and three actions inﬂuencing new product introductions or modifcations.
Managerial implications: Managers should (1) use standardization and automation, delegation of secondary activities, and trainings in teamwork to reduce unproductive time, more quickly fulfll contracts (with current products), and inﬂuence four fnancial value drivers. Moreover, they should (2) gather knowledge about the alternative ways of thinking about particular problems and (3) use personal participation of knowledge possessor’s teams in clients’ problem-solving places.
Limitations and future research: The author identifes fve limitations of the performed study and formulates relevant suggestions for future research.
Originality/value: The study contributes to management theory by (1) clarifying conceptual relations between the actions of frms (causes) and value drivers (effects) and (2) analyzing the manager reports about the real business value-creation processes.