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Why Do Sustainable Ventures Fail to Attract Management Talent?

Department of Management and Organization, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4319; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114319
Received: 26 October 2018 / Revised: 15 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Entrepreneurship is widely recognized to play a crucial role in transitioning societies towards sustainability, yet sustainable ventures often have difficulty in attracting talented management employees that are necessary to scale their sustainable opportunities. This study examined 19 qualitative interviews with three interview groups (human resource managers of sustainable ventures, recently hired employees at sustainable ventures, and management professionals looking for employment opportunities) to explain the impediments of attracting management talent and what competitive advantages sustainable ventures may have in the labour market. We discuss how these findings have theoretical and practical implications for scholars and sustainable entrepreneurs by drawing out a number of ways that sustainable ventures may attract management professionals. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable entrepreneurship; human resources; management professionals; competitive advantage sustainable entrepreneurship; human resources; management professionals; competitive advantage
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Thompson, N.A.; Eijkemans, R. Why Do Sustainable Ventures Fail to Attract Management Talent? Sustainability 2018, 10, 4319.

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