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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1636; doi:10.3390/su9101636

Who Takes More Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneurial Actions? The Role of Entrepreneurs’ Values, Beliefs and Orientations

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CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima 15023, Peru
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Chair of Technology Management, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) Fürther Str. 246c, 90429 Nuremberg, Germany
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Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TEI), University of Southern Denmark, Alsion 2, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark
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MBA, Independent Researcher, Narsingdi 1600, Bangladesh
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Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 7 September 2017 / Accepted: 9 September 2017 / Published: 25 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entrepreneurial Sustainability: New Innovative Knowledge)
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We examine the relationships between entrepreneurs’ values, beliefs and orientations with their firms’ engagement in sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions, using a sample of 352 newly established businesses from two Asian countries (Bangladesh and Iran). Our results reveal a dual role of entrepreneurs’ values, beliefs and orientations when taking sustainability-oriented actions. We confirm that individual differences in the set of values, beliefs and orientations can foster or hinder the sustainability-oriented actions across organizations. Our paper contributes to the growing literature of sustainable entrepreneurship, by providing answers for recent calls for better understanding which entrepreneurial ventures engage more in sustainability-oriented actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions; entrepreneur; values; beliefs; orientations; upper echelon theory sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions; entrepreneur; values; beliefs; orientations; upper echelon theory
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Afshar Jahanshahi, A.; Brem, A.; Bhattacharjee, A. Who Takes More Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneurial Actions? The Role of Entrepreneurs’ Values, Beliefs and Orientations. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1636.

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