Exploring Environmental Entrepreneurship: Identity Coupling, Venture Goals, and Stakeholder Incentives

43 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2016

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Jeffrey G. York

University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business

Isobel O'Neil

University of Nottingham

Saras D. Sarasvathy

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

On the basis of a qualitative study of 25 renewable energy firms, we theorize why and how individuals engage in environmental entrepreneurship, inductively defined as: the use of both commercial and ecological logics to address environmental degradation through the creation of financially profitable organizations, products, services, and markets. Our findings suggest that environmental entrepreneurs: (1) are motivated by identities based in both commercial and ecological logics, (2) prioritize commercial and/or ecological venture goals dependent on the strength and priority of coupling between these two identity types, and (3) approach stakeholders in a broadly inclusive, exclusive, or co‚Äźcreated manner based on identity coupling and goals. These findings contribute to literature streams on hybrid organizing, entrepreneurial identity, and entrepreneurship's potential for resolving environmental degradation.

Keywords: effectuation, entrepreneurial identity, environmental entrepreneurship, hybrid organizations, institutional logics, social enterprise, sustainability

Suggested Citation

York, Jeffrey G. and O'Neil, Isobel and Sarasvathy, Saras D., Exploring Environmental Entrepreneurship: Identity Coupling, Venture Goals, and Stakeholder Incentives (July 2016). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 5, pp. 695-737, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2789218 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12198

Jeffrey G. York (Contact Author)

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

Boulder, CO
United States

Isobel O'Neil

University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Saras D. Sarasvathy

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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

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