Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship


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The rapid and formative rise in research on social innovation and entrepreneurship means that theoretical frameworks are still being created, while traditional notions of economic efficiency and social welfare are tested. The field is progressing fastest in the measurement and measuring of social entrepreneurial effectiveness. Social innovators, who draw from philanthropy, as well as capital markets, for financial resources, have adopted the lean start up as a paradigm for their organization logics.

This collection showcases the myriad emerging philosophical, methodological, and theoretical approaches, many of which are led by practitioners. It is organized into five sections. The first section reports on theoretical approaches to researching sustainable entrepreneurship that are less familiar. The second section reports on research focusing on the entrepreneurial responses to problems of climate change. The third and fourth sections report on research investigating social entrepreneurial processes, and how opportunities are formed and exploited. The fifth section reports on the ethical dimensions of social innovation.

Researchers, scholars, educators and policymakers will find this book a useful reference, with novel ideas for future research and discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788116848
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2018
Series: Johns Hopkins University series on Entrepreneurship Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Maritza I. Espina, Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, College of Business, St. Ambrose University, Phillip H. Phan, Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor, the Carey Business School, The Johns Hopkins University and Gideon D. Markman, Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Sustainable Enterprise, Colorado State University, US

Table of Contents



Part I Theoretical Approaches to Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research

1. Environmental Dystopia versus Sustainable Development Utopia: Roles of Businesses, Consumers, Institutions, and Technologies

Duane Windsor

2. The Entrepreneurial Journey of Geely’s Founder: From Institutional Voids to Opportunity Discovery

Michael Zhang

3. Contradictory Stakeholder Expectations for Sustainability Reporting: A Social Contract Theory Approach

Kristiina Joensuu, Marileena Mäkelä and Tiina Onkila

Part II Climate Change

4. The Political Economy of Climate Change and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Phillip Bruner, Richard Harrison and Dan van der Horst

5. Breaking Traditions. How Entrepreneurs create Communities to Address Climate Change

Katharina Kaesehage and Michael Leyshon

6. Water Rights in California: Competition and Coopetition in a Dynamic Environment

Richard Thomas Herko, H. Drew Fountaine and Lee Kats

Part III Social Innovation Processes

7. Social Entrepreneurs and Field-Level Change: An Institutional Process Model of Social Entrepreneurship

Yusi W. Turell and Andrew G. Earle

8. “Make love, not war?” A process-based approach to social innovation

Renaud Defiebre-Muller, Federico Ignacio Viola, Pauline Fatien Diochon and Sebastian Duenas Ocampo

9. Social Innovation – Combining Profits and Progress

Matthias A. Tietz, Sondos Gamaleldin Sobhy Abdelgawad and Martina Pasquini

Part IV The Ethics of Social Innovation

10. Bioethical Reasoning and the Propensity of Millenials to Adopt Sustainable Development Behaviors

Silvia López-Paláu and Beatriz Rivera-Cruz

11. Sustainable Consumption Practice: The effect of eco-friendly packaging on Buying Behavior Based on Generations

Melissa Cortina-Mercado and Rafael Cortina-Cruz



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