The Distinctive Importance of Sustainable Entrepreneurship


  • Pablo Muñoz Business School, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Avenida Diagonal Las Torres 2700, Peñalolén.


Palabras clave:

sustainable entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship research, sustainability


In facing the challenges of reducing detrimental environmental and societal impacts created by current unsustainable business practices, sustainable entrepreneurship has gained special attention because it might bring about necessary transformations to current products, processes and behavioral patterns. Despite its relevance and conceptual appeal, the conditions, processes, features and outcomes that distinct this form of entrepreneurship are yet to be defined. This current opinion aims to provide conceptual basis for stimulating scholarly thought and improving the understanding of sustainable entrepreneurship as an important field within entrepreneurship research.


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Muñoz, P. (2013). The Distinctive Importance of Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Current Opinion in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2(1).



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