Who takes more sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions? The role of entrepreneurs' values, beliefs and orientations

Asghar Afshar Jahanshahi*, Alexander Brem, Amitab Bhattacharjee

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Abstract

We examine the relationships between entrepreneurs' values, beliefs and orientations with their firms' engagement in sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions, using a sample of 352 newly established businesses from two Asian countries (Bangladesh and Iran). Our results reveal a dual role of entrepreneurs' values, beliefs and orientations when taking sustainability-oriented actions. We confirm that individual differences in the set of values, beliefs and orientations can foster or hinder the sustainability-oriented actions across organizations. Our paper contributes to the growing literature of sustainable entrepreneurship, by providing answers for recent calls for better understanding which entrepreneurial ventures engage more in sustainability-oriented actions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1636
JournalSustainability
Volume9
Issue number10
Number of pages19
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Beliefs
  • Entrepreneur
  • Orientations
  • Sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions
  • Upper echelon theory
  • Values

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Who takes more sustainability-oriented entrepreneurial actions? The role of entrepreneurs' values, beliefs and orientations. / Jahanshahi, Asghar Afshar; Brem, Alexander; Bhattacharjee, Amitab.

In: Sustainability, Vol. 9, No. 10, 1636, 2017.

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