Beyond Financial Performance and Corporate Greening: Mapping Out the Research Field of Sustainability Entrepreneurship

6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, pp. 684-691, September 2011

Posted: 15 Feb 2012  

Pablo Munoz

University of Leeds - Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth & Environment

Date Written: February, 12 2012

Abstract

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 development

Suggested Citation

Munoz, Pablo, Beyond Financial Performance and Corporate Greening: Mapping Out the Research Field of Sustainability Entrepreneurship (February, 12 2012). 6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, pp. 684-691, September 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2003836

Pablo Munoz (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth & Environment ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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