Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Political Activity: Overcoming Market Barriers in the Clean Energy Sector

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Jonatan Pinkse

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Koen Groot

Netherlands Institute of International Relations - Clingendael

Date Written: May 2015

Abstract

While sustainable entrepreneurs face market barriers that require them to become politically active, how to accomplish this has not yet been explored. This paper seeks to address this research gap based on an exploratory study of the Dutch clean energy sector. Findings suggest that sustainable entrepreneurs are politically active but pursue these activities using collective action. This raises issues because they face the presence of incumbents in industry associations that seek to thwart their political influence. The paper concludes with propositions about the conditions for sustainable entrepreneurs to realize political access and influence through collective action.

Suggested Citation

Pinkse, Jonatan and Groot, Koen, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Political Activity: Overcoming Market Barriers in the Clean Energy Sector (May 2015). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 633-654, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2595404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12055

Jonatan Pinkse (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Koen Groot

Netherlands Institute of International Relations - Clingendael ( email )

PO Box 93080
2509 AB The Hague
Netherlands

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