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Adm. Sci. 2015, 5(4), 286-300; doi:10.3390/admsci5040286

The Role of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Sustainability Transitions: A Conceptual Synthesis against the Background of the Multi-Level Perspective

Department of Business Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences and Social Sciences, Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Villestraße 3, Alfter 53347, Germany
Academic Editor: Joseph Roberts
Received: 24 August 2015 / Revised: 30 October 2015 / Accepted: 9 November 2015 / Published: 17 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sustainable Entrepreneurship)
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This paper conceptually synthesizes prior studies on sustainable entrepreneurship against the background of the multi-level perspective. It thereby relates separate streams of literature on sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainability transformations and ecopreneurship, which have previously not been systematically connected and synthesized, to the multi-level perspective. The paper furthermore provides suggestions on how the multi-level perspective can be advanced based on the inspirations of these previously only sparsely-connected streams of literature. Finally, implications for entrepreneurs, academia and politics are presented: means to increase the contribution of sustainable entrepreneurship to sustainability transitions are suggested, and the importance of growth and degrowth is discussed in the context of sustainable entrepreneurship. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable entrepreneurship; multi-level perspective; sustainability transitions; ecopreneurship; sustainable development; degrowth; transformation sustainable entrepreneurship; multi-level perspective; sustainability transitions; ecopreneurship; sustainable development; degrowth; transformation
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Hörisch, J. The Role of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Sustainability Transitions: A Conceptual Synthesis against the Background of the Multi-Level Perspective. Adm. Sci. 2015, 5, 286-300.

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