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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 342;

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in SMEs: A Business Performance Perspective

Department of Management & Finance, University of Murcia, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain
College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Expoziției no. 30A, Sector 1, Bucharest 102104, Romania
Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest 102104, Romania
Doctoral School in Economics and International Business, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest 010374, Romania
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 13 January 2016 / Revised: 24 March 2016 / Accepted: 1 April 2016 / Published: 7 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Assuming that sustainable entrepreneurship leads to business performance, the present paper intends to investigate the standpoints of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) entrepreneurs on different facets. The emphasis is laid on the entrepreneurs’ approaches towards people, planet and profit and on their prioritization within business dynamics. The aforementioned dimensions are deemed important factors engendering business performance in terms of turnover, customer attraction and retention and market share. With a view to testing the advanced hypotheses, we employed a quantitative perspective relying on a questionnaire-based survey. As the results posited, the proposed model accounts for almost 50 percent of variance in business performance, whereas sustainable entrepreneurship approaches towards the people and profit dimensions have a significant positive influence on business performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable entrepreneurship; Triple-Bottom-Line; business performance sustainable entrepreneurship; Triple-Bottom-Line; business performance

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Soto-Acosta, P.; Cismaru, D.-M.; Vătămănescu, E.-M.; Ciochină, R.S. Sustainable Entrepreneurship in SMEs: A Business Performance Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 342.

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