Special Issue "Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in Social, Sustainable, and Economic Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sebastian Aparicio
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Guest Editor
Durham University Business School, Durham University, UK
Interests: Entrepreneurship; Economic growth; Institutional economics; Sustainable development
Dr. Andreu Turro
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Guest Editor
Department of Business, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Intrapreneurship, Institutional economics, Innovation, Firm growth
Dr. Maria Noguera
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Guest Editor
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Gender, Female entrepreneurship, Institutional economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Entrepreneurship is a research area that has grown rapidly over the last 30 years. Scholars from different disciplines have contributed to understanding psychological, sociological, anthropological, managerial and economic aspects of entrepreneurial activity (Landström, Harirchi, and Åström, 2012). Among these contributions, academia has recognised the importance of institutions not only for entrepreneurship but also for economic development (Bjørnskov and Foss, 2016). Yet, there is still much room to keep exploring how other sorts of entrepreneurial activities can enhance economic, social and sustainable development from an institutional perspective (Urbano, Aparicio, and Audretsch, 2019).

Although entrepreneurship is diverse in terms of its types and nature, particular gaps might exist from sociodemographic characteristics, corporate dynamics, regional and national outputs and environmental issues (Audretsch, Kuratko, and Link, 2015). For example, finer connections between women’s entrepreneurship (Noguera, Alvarez, and Urbano, 2013), intrapreneurship (Turró, Urbano, and Peris-Ortiz, 2014) and sustainable entrepreneurship (Pacheco, Dean, and Payne, 2010), among other (less explored) types of entrepreneurial activities and development, might serve to improve our understanding of entrepreneurial behavior. 

There is also a lacuna about the role of the institutional context (North, 1990) in shaping individual decisions not only for becoming entrepreneurs (Yunis, Hashim, and Anderson, 2019) but also for undertaking innovative projects within firms (Turró et al., 2014). Hence, it is suggested that institutions may condition the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities that offer solutions for social and sustainable problems at the regional and country level (Pacheco et al., 2010).

Given these research opportunities, the aims and scope of this particular Special Issue are very broad. Specific topics, therefore, may include but are not limited to explorations about the influence of (formal and informal) institutions on gender issues, corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, as well as on green entrepreneurial activity for sustainable development. To achieve this aim, this Special Issue invites scholars within all the main economics, management and sustainability subdisciplines, among others areas, to submit conceptual and/or empirical papers which present cutting-edge research on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship for sustainable development at the regional and national level. Papers which examine trends and initiatives, employ original methodologies and offer interesting empirical insights and theoretical contributions to this issue are very welcome.

Many thanks in advance for considering this Special Issue and we look forward to hearing from you.

References

Audretsch, D. B., Kuratko, D. F., & Link, A. N. (2015). Making sense of the elusive paradigm of entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 45(4), 703-712.

Bjørnskov, C., & Foss, N. J. (2016). Institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth: what do we know and what do we still need to know? Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(3), 292-315.

Landström, H., Harirchi, G., & Åström, F. (2012). Entrepreneurship: Exploring the knowledge base. Research Policy, 41(7), 1154-1181.

Noguera, M., Alvarez, C., & Urbano, D. (2013). Socio-cultural factors and female entrepreneurship. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 9(2), 183-197.

North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pacheco, D. F., Dean, T. J., & Payne, D. S. (2010). Escaping the green prison: Entrepreneurship and the creation of opportunities for sustainable development. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 464-480.

Turró, A., Urbano, D., & Peris-Ortiz, M. (2014). Culture and innovation: The moderating effect of cultural values on corporate entrepreneurship. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 88, 360-369.

Urbano, D., Aparicio, S., & Audretsch, D. (2019). Twenty-five years of research on institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth: what has been learned? Small Business Economics, 53(1), 21-49.

Yunis, M., Hashim, H., & Anderson, A. (2019). Enablers and Constraints of Female Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pukhtunkhawa, Pakistan: Institutional and Feminist Perspectives. Sustainability, 11(1), 27.

Dr. Sebastian Aparicio
Dr. Andreu Turro
Dr. Maria Noguera
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • entrepreneurial activity
  • intrapreneurship
  • gender
  • institutions
  • sustainable entrepreneurship
  • national growth
  • regional development

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Flourishing Women through Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5643; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145643 - 14 Jul 2020
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As a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus must develop a sustainable tourism model. Although the ongoing political problems in Cyprus provide additional challenges, the number and activities of women ecotourism entrepreneurs demonstrated an inspiring growth over the last decade in the [...] Read more.
As a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus must develop a sustainable tourism model. Although the ongoing political problems in Cyprus provide additional challenges, the number and activities of women ecotourism entrepreneurs demonstrated an inspiring growth over the last decade in the northern part of Cyprus. The well-being and flourishing of these women entrepreneurs influence their participation and further involvement in the sector. Psychological empowerment plays a significant role in achieving a flourishing society, and our results reveal that ecotourism can be used to create positive change in women’s lives. We study how the mindsets and flourishing levels of these ecotourism entrepreneurs are related and how empowerment can change the direction of this relationship. Our research model was developed based on the self-Determination theory. Surveys were distributed to 200 women ecotourism entrepreneurs in rural areas of Northern Cyprus. We demonstrate that women who have growth mindsets, i.e., those that believe people’s characteristics such as abilities are not fixed, experience lower levels of flourishing, perhaps contrary to what some might expect. This result may be due to the presence of gender inequality and may be an outcome of living in a region where a frozen conflict places additional external constraints on women entrepreneurs. However, as we predict, psychological empowerment changes the direction of this relationship. When psychological empowerment is high, women with a higher level of growth mindset experience a greater level of flourishing, even in an unfavorable context. This is the first study which analyzes women ecotourism entrepreneurs in Northern Cyprus. Moreover, this is the first study that focuses on the relationship between growth mindset, flourishing and psychological empowerment. The results can be used by governmental and non-governmental organizations as a source in their decision-making processes while managing and coordinating microfinance opportunities for rural development to support women’s empowerment and well-being. Full article
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The Impact of the Family Background on Students’ Entrepreneurial Intentions: An Empirical Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4775; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114775 - 11 Jun 2020
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In the current economic and social environment, a real challenge for youth is the acquisition and development of the relevant skills in entrepreneurship in order to consider entrepreneurship as a desirable employment choice. Given this aspect, the purpose of this paper is to [...] Read more.
In the current economic and social environment, a real challenge for youth is the acquisition and development of the relevant skills in entrepreneurship in order to consider entrepreneurship as a desirable employment choice. Given this aspect, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the main factors influencing students’ entrepreneurial intentions, paying particular attention to their entrepreneurial family background. Additionally, the paper aims to explore the effect of entrepreneurial family background on the relationship between effectiveness of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention. We conducted a study where results were based on the outcomes of a survey among Romanian high school and university students in the final year (N = 617). Our four main hypotheses were tested through independent samples t-tests, correlation analysis, and hierarchical multiple regression analysis. The findings highlighted that the students with an entrepreneurial family background reported a higher entrepreneurial intention than those without such a background. The variables that positively influenced the entrepreneurial intentions of the students were entrepreneurial family background, effectiveness of entrepreneurship education, and entrepreneurial personality traits. Furthermore, this entrepreneurial family background negatively moderated the relationship between effectiveness of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention. For this reason, emphasis should be placed on both formal and informal entrepreneurial education, which will increase the propensity of young people to choose an entrepreneurial career. Full article
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Soccer: Web of Science Bibliometric Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4499; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114499 - 02 Jun 2020
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According to the existing literature, there is growing interest in the sports industry by individuals involved in entrepreneurship and innovation. However, no bibliometric analyses on the importance of and interest that these individuals have in the football industry have been conducted. A total [...] Read more.
According to the existing literature, there is growing interest in the sports industry by individuals involved in entrepreneurship and innovation. However, no bibliometric analyses on the importance of and interest that these individuals have in the football industry have been conducted. A total of 220 articles and reviews retrieved from Thomson Reuters Web of Science (Core Collection™) between 1997 and 2019 were analysed. These articles were published in 169 different journals by 609 authors from 340 different institutions in 46 countries. The following basic bibliometric analyses and co-occurrence networks were carried out: co-authorship and co-words. As a result, four clusters that summarise the following four different thematic areas were found: (1) football, entrepreneurship and social development, (2) football, innovation and management, (3) football, efficiency and new technology, and (4) football, injuries and innovation in rehabilitation. A thematic analysis of the four clusters found was carried out. Finally, practical implications and future lines of research were presented. Full article
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Cultural Antecedents of Green Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: An Institutional Approach
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3673; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093673 - 02 May 2020
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Recent decades have brought cultural changes toward the increase of environmentally-friendly initiatives such as green entrepreneurship. Some countries are failing to develop environmental initiatives, whereas others are transitioning and advancing toward this new trend. In particular, Saudi Arabia has initiated efforts toward becoming [...] Read more.
Recent decades have brought cultural changes toward the increase of environmentally-friendly initiatives such as green entrepreneurship. Some countries are failing to develop environmental initiatives, whereas others are transitioning and advancing toward this new trend. In particular, Saudi Arabia has initiated efforts toward becoming an ecologically-friendly society. Motivated by this, we explore whether cultural characteristics are associated with green entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. Institutional economics is adopted to frame our hypotheses and analysis. The hypothesized relationships were empirically tested in a sample of 84 observations from 21 cities during the period 2015–2018. Data were collected from reports by the Saudi General Authority and analyzed through regression models. The main results show that cultural characteristics, such as environmental actions, environmental consciousness, and temporal orientation, increase the level of green entrepreneurial activity across cities in Saudi Arabia. The findings of this study contribute to existing knowledge on green entrepreneurship, as well as to the discussion of implications for policy and practice related to environmentally-friendly productive activities. Full article
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The Efficiency of R&D Expenditures in ASEAN Countries
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2686; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072686 - 29 Mar 2020
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The aim of this study is to determine whether funds spent on research and development are used efficiently in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Fifteen countries in the 2000-2016 period have been examined. Measuring the efficiency of research and development spending [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is to determine whether funds spent on research and development are used efficiently in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Fifteen countries in the 2000-2016 period have been examined. Measuring the efficiency of research and development spending was performed using the non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) methodology, which allows for the assessment of input–output efficiency. The research includes the following input and output variables: annual public and private spending on innovation, high-technology exports as a percentage of manufactured exports, patent applications to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) by priority year for million inhabitants, trademark applications (TA) for million inhabitants and information and communications technology (ICT) exports as a percentage of manufactured exports. Hong Kong and the Philippines are perhaps the most efficient with respect to research and development (R&D) when analysed using the constant return to scale (CRS) approach. However, according to the variable return to scale (VRS) approach, the most efficient ASEAN countries are Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. The study also confirms that increased spending on innovation is resulting in non-proportional effects. Full article
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Obstacles to Sustainable Entrepreneurship amongst Tourism Students: A Gender Comparison
Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1812; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051812 - 28 Feb 2020
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Students’ start-ups are making a significant contribution towards sustainable entrepreneurship development. Thus, this article examines the obstacles to sustainable entrepreneurship amongst university students of tourism and focuses on gender difference. The empirical analysis was based on data from 290 tourism students’ surveys accomplished [...] Read more.
Students’ start-ups are making a significant contribution towards sustainable entrepreneurship development. Thus, this article examines the obstacles to sustainable entrepreneurship amongst university students of tourism and focuses on gender difference. The empirical analysis was based on data from 290 tourism students’ surveys accomplished in Spain, in the period from 2012 to 2018. Descriptive statistics were used for the data analysis and a t-test for gender comparison analysis. The research revealed that the students’ entrepreneurial intentions did not affect their evaluation of the barriers preventing them from creating their own businesses. The main barriers to new business creation were mainly related to economic factors (both societal and university related), the level of innovation in society, and the students’ self-confidence (mostly with regard to interest and motivation). Female students were more conscious of the possible obstacles to new business creation than male students. A significant difference between male and female students regarding personal obstacles was explained by the fact that the females considered their lack of entrepreneurial education as more significant than did the males. In addition, the female students tended to need more economic and practical support than male students. Finally, practical suggestions to encourage sustainable entrepreneurship amongst tourism students are discussed. Full article
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Relationship between Entrepreneurial Team Characteristics and Venture Performance in China: From the Aspects of Cognition and Behaviors
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 377; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010377 - 02 Jan 2020
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Entrepreneurial and innovative activities are becoming a global economic and social phenomenon, especially in emerging economies. This study focuses on a typical emerging economy, China, and its entrepreneurial and innovative activities. On the basis of current research, the literature review and the chain [...] Read more.
Entrepreneurial and innovative activities are becoming a global economic and social phenomenon, especially in emerging economies. This study focuses on a typical emerging economy, China, and its entrepreneurial and innovative activities. On the basis of current research, the literature review and the chain of “cognition–behavior–outcome” are used for constructing the theoretical model for the relationship among entrepreneurial team cognition characteristics, behavior characteristics, and venture performance. A total of 101 valid copies of questionnaire are collected from entrepreneurial team members, as the research objects, and the structural equation modeling (SEM) method is applied to test the theoretical hypotheses. The research results reveal (1) significant effects of entrepreneurial team cognition characteristics and behavior characteristics on venture performance and (2) partial mediating effects of entrepreneurial team behavior characteristics on the relationship between cognition characteristics and venture performance. The research results are the expansion of research on entrepreneurial teams as well as the important reference for entrepreneurial team management and behavioral practice. Full article
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Antecedents of Entrepreneurial Intention among Young People: Model and Regional Evidence
Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 6993; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11246993 - 07 Dec 2019
Cited by 2
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Entrepreneurial intentions determine to a large extent the entrepreneurial behavior; therefore, the study of those intentions and the factors that influence them constitute a valid research area. The purpose of this regional comparative study was to design a new causal model of the [...] Read more.
Entrepreneurial intentions determine to a large extent the entrepreneurial behavior; therefore, the study of those intentions and the factors that influence them constitute a valid research area. The purpose of this regional comparative study was to design a new causal model of the formation of the entrepreneurial intention among young adults in Spain and Poland. Using the Structural Equation Modeling (PLS) methodology, the results show that subjective variables (beliefs, social norms, values) initiate the chain of effects that influence the action variables (motivation, self-efficacy, intention). Attitude is the nexus variable between both groups of variables. It is verified that there are no significant differences in the responses to the items or in the causal relationships of the model between both countries. This confirms the relevance of a homogenizing generational approach at a global level that allows the application of policies to promote the entrepreneurial intention for the entire segment. The proposed model takes into account and complements the previous designs, and is practical because it can be used at different levels of the education sector and by institutions promoting entrepreneurship and sustainability. Full article
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