Exploring environmental entrepreneurship: identity coupling, venture goals, and stakeholder incentives

York, Jeffrey G. and O'Neil, Isobel and Sarasvathy, Saras D. (2016) Exploring environmental entrepreneurship: identity coupling, venture goals, and stakeholder incentives. Journal of Management Studies, 53 (5). pp. 695-737. ISSN 1467-6486

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Abstract

On the basis of a qualitative study of 25 renewable energy firms, we theorize why and how individuals engage in environmental entrepreneurship, inductively defined as: the use of both commercial and ecological logics to address environmental degradation through the creation of financially profitable organizations, products, services, and markets. Our findings suggest that environmental entrepreneurs: (1) are motivated by identities based in both commercial and ecological logics,(2) prioritize commercial and/or ecological venture goals dependent on the strength and priority of coupling between these two identity types, and (3) approach stakeholders in a broadly inclusive, exclusive, or co-created manner based on identity coupling and goals. These findings contribute to literature streams on hybrid organizing, entrepreneurial identity, and entrepreneurship’s potential for resolving environmental degradation.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: York, J. G., O'Neil, I. and Sarasvathy, S. D. (2016), Exploring Environmental Entrepreneurship: Identity Coupling, Venture Goals, and Stakeholder Incentives. Journal of Management Studies, 53: 695–737, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12198/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: effectuation, entrepreneurial identity, environmental entrepreneurship, hybrid organizations, institutional logics, social enterprise, sustainability
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12198
Depositing User: Howis, Jennifer
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 13:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 09:13
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33104

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