Special Issue "Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Theory, Research and Practical Applications"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "International Entrepreneurship".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2019).

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Prof. Dr. Maria Urbaniec
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Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Cracow University of Economics, 31-510 Kraków, Poland
Interests: sustainable entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; green entreprenurship; innovation; sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

The growing importance of sustainable development has given rise to the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship. Sustainable entrepreneurship has become a new concept in both research and practice in the recent decade (Cohen and Winn, 2007; Shepherd and Patzelt, 2011; Schaltegger and Johnson, 2016; Sarango-Lalangui et al., 2018). It is a unique perspective that links the creation of economic, social and environmental values with a focus on the well-being of future generations (Hockerts and Wüstenhagen, 2010; Schaltegger and Wagner, 2011). Sustainable entrepreneurship can also be considered an opportunity for business development at the nexus of environmental and social aspects. A growing area of entrepreneurship research provides evidence that sustainable entrepreneurs can succeed in combining profit with pro-social and environmental goals by developing new products and services (Shepherd and Patzelt, 2011; Gast et al., 2017; Hall et al., 2010).

Furthermore, sustainable entrepreneurship has many features in common with environmental and social entrepreneurship, however, the coherent pursuit of economic viability, social equity and environmental stability distinguishes sustainable entrepreneurship from other concepts (Thompson et al., 2011; Hoogendoorn at al., 2017). Exploring this multi-dimensionality calls for the application of different theories, research perspectives (e.g. critical and mainstream) and methods (conceptual and empirical) (Hall at al., 2010; Hörisch, 2015).

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for researching the breadth and depth of sustainable entrepreneurship as well as extending its conceptual and empirical research. The key objective is to explore theoretical developments around the complexities of sustainable entrepreneurship and new practical insights into analysing both opportunities and challenges in creating, developing and scaling social and environmental ventures up towards sustainability.

From an analytical point of view, a number of key research issues still exist, for example:

  • What is the role of sustainable entrepreneurs in exploring, development and exploitation of new business opportunities?
  • What are the drivers and barriers for the development of sustainable entrepreneurship?
  • What motivates entrepreneurs to create value for others by identifying and seizing upon opportunities arising from problems in society that have been neglected or unsuccessfully addressed by public, private, or civil society organizations?
  • How sustainable enterprises create value beyond the limits of the enterprises, contributing positively to social and ecological systems?
  • How can different actors contribute to sustainability transitions?
  • What is the best institutional environment for developing sustainable business?
  • How can social and/or environmental entrepreneurship contribute to meet the challenges of sustainable development?

Researchers, academics, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders are welcome to submit their original manuscripts to this Special Issue on “Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Theory, Research and Practical Applications” in Administrative Sciences.

Dr. Maria Urbaniec
Guest Editor

Referencecs

  • Belz, F.M., & Binder, J.K. (2017). Sustainable Entrepreneurship: A Convergent Process Model, Business Strategy and the Environment, 26, 1-17.
  • Cohen, B., & Winn, M.I. (2007). Market imperfections, opportunity and sustainable entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 22, 29-49.
  • Hall, J.K., Daneke, G.A., & Lenox, M.J. (2010). Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions. Journal of Business Venturing, 25, 439-448.
  • Hockerts, K., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2010). Greening Goliaths versus emerging Davids – Theorizing about the role of incumbents and new entrants in sustainable entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 481-492.
  • Hoogendoorn, B., van der Zwan, P., & Thurik, R. (2017). Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The Role of Perceived Barriers and Risk. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-22, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-017-3646-8
  • Hörisch, J. (2015). The Role of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Sustainability Transitions: A Conceptual Synthesis against the Background of the Multi-Level Perspective. Administrative Sciences, 5(4), 286-300.
  • Sarango-Lalangui, P., Santos, J., & Hormiga, E. (2018). The Development of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Field. Sustainability, 10(6), 2005. doi:10.3390/su10062005
  • Schaltegger, S., & Johnson, M.P. (2016). Sustainable Entrepreneurship: A Review. Leuphana University Lüneburg: Lüneburg.
  • Schaltegger, S., & Wagner, M. (2011). Sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainability innovation: categories and interactions. Business Strategy and the Environment, 20(4), 222-237.
  • Shepherd, D.A., & Patzelt, H. (2011). The new field of sustainable entrepreneurship: studying entrepreneurial action linking ‘‘what is to be sustained’’ with ‘‘what is to be developed’’. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35(1), 137-163.
  • Thompson, N., Kiefer, K., & York, J.G. (2011). Distinctions not dichotomies: exploring social, sustainable, and environmental entrepreneurship. Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, 13, 205-233.

Dr. Maria Urbaniec
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Green entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable entrepreneur
  • Sustainable enterprise
  • Sustainable innovation
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Business sustainability

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Drivers toward Social Entrepreneurs Engagement in Poland: An Institutional Approach
Adm. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci10010005 - 21 Jan 2020
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The aim of this study is to identify the factors that influence the involvement of individuals in social entrepreneurship in Poland from an institutional economics perspective. The research is based on exploratory data analysis using qualitative data covering 22 interviews with social entrepreneurs [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is to identify the factors that influence the involvement of individuals in social entrepreneurship in Poland from an institutional economics perspective. The research is based on exploratory data analysis using qualitative data covering 22 interviews with social entrepreneurs and 10 representatives of stakeholders from Poland as well as observations and secondary data. By employing an inductive approach and a case study methodology, it can be stated that involvement of social entrepreneurs is stimulated by a complex set of factors. Moreover, the results show the importance of the institutional environment for social enterprises in Poland, including the impact of formal and informal institutions on their development. The findings contribute to enhancing the knowledge on factors determining the establishment and development of social enterprises in Poland given the institutional economics perspective. Full article
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The Role of Stakeholders in Development of Social Economy Organizations in Poland: An Integrative Approach
Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(4), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9040074 - 26 Sep 2019
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The aim of this article is to explore key changes in the mode of operation of Polish social economy organizations (SEOs) that result from a social policy targeted at strengthening their independence and sustainability. The activities of SEOs are largely supported by public [...] Read more.
The aim of this article is to explore key changes in the mode of operation of Polish social economy organizations (SEOs) that result from a social policy targeted at strengthening their independence and sustainability. The activities of SEOs are largely supported by public institutions, but their opportunities for assistance of capacity building are considered insufficient. Owing to the current policy, not only an economic independence, but also the structure and behavior of supported social organizations, especially in their relations with other stakeholders, can be strengthened. Based on the exploratory analysis on how SOEs change their independence and sustainability as a result of implementation of the public policy, a conceptual model of value co-creation will be used. The model enables analyzing the scope and scale of stakeholder engagement in the development of SEOs. The empirical research was conducted using a survey among 112 Polish social economy organizations. The results of the study show that the market-oriented approach not only reduces the scale of relations between SEOs and their stakeholders but also affects the way SEOs work, transforming them to be more like traditional businesses. Full article
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The Role of Universities in Sustainability-Oriented Competencies Development: Insights from an Empirical Study on Polish Universities
Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9030062 - 23 Aug 2019
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The growing importance of sustainable development constitutes a challenging trend for education. Universities create study programs and organize extracurricular activities in order to prepare future generations of professionals as well as political and social leaders for responsible actions toward sustainable development. The main [...] Read more.
The growing importance of sustainable development constitutes a challenging trend for education. Universities create study programs and organize extracurricular activities in order to prepare future generations of professionals as well as political and social leaders for responsible actions toward sustainable development. The main objective of this article is to investigate how universities in Poland develop educational programs and extracurricular activities to enable students to shape sustainability competencies. The study employed a triangulation of research methods including a literature analysis, desk research analysis of the universities’ educational programs, and quantitative research among students. The findings suggest that Polish universities attempt to shape sustainable development-oriented competencies not only through formal sustainable development education, but also via non-formal activities toward social and environmental challenges. The research results have practical implications for universities and can support the advancement of educational programs related to sustainable development. Full article
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Smart and Green Buildings Features in the Decision-Making Hierarchy of Office Space Tenants: An Analytic Hierarchy Process Study
Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9030052 - 19 Jul 2019
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In the paper, we investigate the role of smart building or green building innovations on the Polish real estate market using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method on the group of experts (consultants, managers, brokers) that are active on the office market in [...] Read more.
In the paper, we investigate the role of smart building or green building innovations on the Polish real estate market using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method on the group of experts (consultants, managers, brokers) that are active on the office market in Krakow (study area). The findings point towards the highest relevance of the localisation factor, but also at the relatively low importance of the features of a sustainable building: building automation and information technology systems, as well as energy efficiency or certification. The findings suggest that despite the growing interest in sustainability and technological advancement amongst office market participants in Krakow, the relative importance of smart and green building features in their decision-making processes is relatively low. The study has some interesting practical implications. The knowledge regarding the relative importance of decision criteria can be valuable for developers and investors because the anticipation of tenants’ expectations is directly linked with return on investment and innovation premiums. Full article
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Innovation for Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Empirical Evidence from the Bioeconomy Sector in Poland
Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9030050 - 05 Jul 2019
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The growing importance of sustainable development, especially regarding environmental issues, contributes to shaping new trends at the level of enterprises. Sustainable development is perceived as a source of new entrepreneurial opportunities that serve to solve social and environmental problems. The main objective of [...] Read more.
The growing importance of sustainable development, especially regarding environmental issues, contributes to shaping new trends at the level of enterprises. Sustainable development is perceived as a source of new entrepreneurial opportunities that serve to solve social and environmental problems. The main objective of this study is to identify factors supporting and hindering the development of enterprise innovativeness exemplified by the bioeconomy sector in Poland. A research analysis was based on the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) model. The study employed the method of critical literature analysis, as well as qualitative methods, such as individual direct interviews with experts and smart labs with 252 enterprises from the economic sector. The results of the research analysis show that the innovative activity of enterprises in the bioeconomy sector depends on external, as well as internal, factors. This is particularly important, owing to the impact of enterprises on the environment and on society, as they contribute to the creation and implementation of new, more sustainable production and consumption models. Full article
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Critical Success Factors of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Saudi Arabia: Insights from Sustainability Perspective
Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(2), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9020032 - 02 Apr 2019
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The aim of this study is to explore the critical success factors (CSFs) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia. A questionnaire was developed using 28 factors/indicators identified from the previous researches. From 500 respondents, a total of 347 questionnaires were [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is to explore the critical success factors (CSFs) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia. A questionnaire was developed using 28 factors/indicators identified from the previous researches. From 500 respondents, a total of 347 questionnaires were returned. By conducting exploratory factors analysis, these indicators were categorized into six factors, namely: Individual factors, business characteristics, management factors, business support, capital availability and business environment. Using IBM SPSS and AMOS, the results indicated that business support was the most critical factor that significantly affects the success of SMEs in Saudi Arabia, followed by individual factors, capital availability, and management factors. They also indicated that business characteristics and business environment factors had no significant impacts on the success of these enterprises. Full article
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