Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Discovering, Creating and Seizing Opportunities for Blended Value Generation (Hardback)Professor Adam Lindgreen (author), Christine Vallaster (author), Dr Francois Maon (author), Shumaila Yousafzai (author)
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The way organizations manage entrepreneurship has changed dramatically over the past decade. Today, organizations take account of economic issues, but they also adopt a broader perspective of their purpose including social and environmental issues (i.e. sustainability). Yet, despite its global spread, sustainable entrepreneurship remains an uncertain and poorly defined ambition with few absolutes.
This book reaffirms the important need to improve comprehension and explore the subtleties of how individuals, groups, and organizations can discover, create, and seize opportunities for blended value generation, by designing and operating sustainable ventures. It examines, in an interdisciplinary fashion and across sectoral and geographical boundaries, how entrepreneurial activities can be developed to be generally consistent with sustainable development goals, as well as by whom, for what reasons, and with what implications. The Editors comprehensively review key dimensions of the sustainable entrepreneurship phenomenon to establish an essential definition and up-to-date picture of the field. The 19 chapters cover 4 main topics:
Understanding the intentions and motivations for sustainable entrepreneurship
Fostering and enacting sustainability through entrepreneurial action
Leading and inspiring sustainable entrepreneurial action
Finding the contextually grounded implications of and challenges to sustainable entrepreneurship and blended value generation
This book is an important resource for entrepreneurs and policy makers as well as students in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
"This text is a timely contribution to the field of sustainable entrepreneurship, a topic of increasing importance to our global society. The book offers novel empirically and conceptually-derived insights into the motivations and challenges of sustainable entrepreneurship, and proposes potential solutions for leading and inspiring real entrepreneurial action toward a more sustainable economy. With an impressive collection of international scholars, the chapters explore contemporary sustainable entrepreneurship in various geographical, cultural, and industry contexts, applying a range of theoretical lenses. The book will be of value to academics, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners." - Prof. Colette Henry, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland
"Sustainable entrepreneurship can help to resolve the environmental and social problems that our postmodern society is facing. Thinking about sustainability when discovering, creating and seizing entrepreneurial opportunities and being prepared to act as a sustainable entrepreneur become more and more important in a globalised world. In this edited book, Adam Lindgreen and his colleagues address a number of key issues in relation to sustainable entrepreneurship, identifyng, for example, the intentions and motivations behind sustainable entrepreneursip, or examining the role of entrepreneurial action in fostering and enacting sustainability. For the editors and authors of the book, sustainable entrepreneurship is mainly a matter of education, training and leadership and they pave the way to show how to develop sustainable entrepreneurial action. I heartily recommend this book to both academics and practitioners." - Distinguished prof. Alain Fayolle, Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Centre, emlyon business school
"The real work of sustainable entrepreneurship is just now starting. This anthology is a great place to begin in grasping the depth and breadth of this new inspiring new field of research. You will find a focused and clearly articulated coverage of the key topics of sustainable entrepreneurship. It encourages your personal critical reflections and deeper exploration of how sustainable entrepreneurs can save planet earth for future generations. A must-read for everyone." Gjalt de Jong, Professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy at the University of Groningen
"This book focuses on the relatively unexplored research field of sustainable entrepreneurship. It addresses a variety of questions such as: What are the intentions and motivations of sustainable entrepreneurs? What are their actual practices in different parts of the world? And why can they be considered future-oriented leaders? The broad scope of contributions makes this book worth reading." - Jacqueline Cramer, Professor of sustainable innovation at Utrecht University
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