The Entrepreneur-Environment Nexus: Uncertainty, Innovation, and Allocation

15 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010 Last revised: 29 Sep 2013

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Jeffrey G. York

University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business

S. Venkataraman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

We build upon a recent stream of research that has proposed entrepreneurship as a solution to, rather than a cause of, environmental degradation. Our proposition is that under certain conditions entrepreneurs are likely to supplement, or surpass, the efforts of governments, NGOs and existing firms to achieve environmental sustainability. Entrepreneurs can contribute to solving environmental problems through helping extant institutions in achieving their goals and by creating new,more environmentally sustainable products, services and institutions. Our model illustrates how entrepreneurs 1) address environmental uncertainty, 2) provide innovation and 3) engage in resource allocation to address environmental degradation.

Keywords: Environmental entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Sustainability Environmental Innovation Creation Uncertainty

Suggested Citation

York, Jeffrey G. and Venkataraman, S., The Entrepreneur-Environment Nexus: Uncertainty, Innovation, and Allocation (2010). Journal of Business Venturing, 2010, Batten Institute Research Paper No. 2010 Y2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1615041

Jeffrey G. York (Contact Author)

University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business ( email )

Boulder, CO
United States

S. Venkataraman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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