Beyond Financial Performance and Corporate Greening: Mapping Out the Research Field of Sustainability Entrepreneurship
Newcastle University Business School
February, 12 2012
6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, pp. 684-691, September 2011
Despite the recent surge of research interest on sustainability entrepreneurship, there remains a lack of understanding of the nature of this phenomenon. Therefore, there is a need to define boundaries, connect theoretical fields and provide deeper explanations of sustainability entrepreneurship beyond current approaches to corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship. This paper seeks to address some of these issues by focusing on the distinctive importance of sustainability entrepreneurship within entrepreneurship research and developing a conceptual framework aimed at mapping out the field while at the same time adhering to empirical relevance. In doing so, we propose three avenues for further research on this topic: theoretical and empirical definition of sustainability entrepreneurs, the process of development of sustainability-oriented venture opportunities and the interaction between institutions and sustainability entrepreneurship. Within each avenue we pose relevant research questions that are of both descriptive and explanatory nature, and aim to bring closer the conceptual and empirical aspects of sustainability entrepreneurship. Focusing on these dimensions and questions helps visualise and analyse currently disparate conditions, features, and outcomes of sustainability entrepreneurship, thus increasing the intensity and quality of future theoretical and empirical work.
Keywords: sustainability entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship research, venture opportunities, sustainable developmentAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 15, 2012
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