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A call for contributions on the topic of
Greenleaf Publishing invites contributions for a special issue of "Greener
Management International" (GMI) on the topic of "Environmental
Entrepreneurship", to be edited by Michael Schaper (Curtin University,
What role do entrepreneurial individuals have to play in the adoption of
more sustainable business practices?
Entrepreneurs are individuals who conceive new business opportunities, and
who take on the risks required to convert those ideas into reality. They
seek to bring about change and new opportunities, both for themselves and
for the communities they belong to, and form an important part of any
Entrepreneurs usually take on the responsibility of identifying new
commercial ventures (which often involves a willingness to "look outside the
box" and examine issues in fundamentally different ways to more conventional
approaches), incubating ideas and championing their adoption, assembling the
resources needed to bring the idea to commercial reality (such as money,
people and technologies) and, finally, launching and growing the business
venture. In a market-based economy, entrepreneurs often play an important
role as the engine of change.
The archetypal entrepreneur is often an individual who starts his or her own
small business, which may eventually grow into a much larger and more
successful corporation. However, entrepreneurs can also be found within
existing large corporations (these are usually referred to as
"intrapreneurs" or corporate entrepreneurs), or even within the NGO and
community sector ("social entrepreneurs"). Whatever the milieu, successful
entrepreneurship requires more than merely luck and money. It is a cohesive
process of planning, idea development, creativity, innovation and calculated
The adoption of more environmentally responsible business practices provides
an additional range of opportunities for entrepreneurs. The move to more
sustainable business activities can allow some firms to gain a competitive
advantage in the field of product and service innovation, in the development
of new industries, in marketing the firm to customers, in winning the
strategic support of government and stakeholder groups, and in gaining an
advantage over existing "dirty" technologies. Like any area of potentially
high reward, there are also many risks involved in such projects.
In a market-based economy, so-called "ecopreneurs" or environmental
entrepreneurs will play a critical role in the proactive adoption of green
business practices. They constitute one of the "pull" factors that entice
firms to go green, as opposed to the "push" factors of government regulation
and stakeholder/lobby group pressure.
The aim of this special issue is to better understand and evaluate
entrepreneurial behaviour that brings about improved environmental outcomes.
Who are the green entrepreneurs? How have they used environmental issues as
a competitive advantage? What barriers exist to their successful activities,
and what policy changes are needed to produce a climate conducive to their
existence? Ultimately, the aim is to produce an issue of GMI that will help
policy-makers better understand and encourage this group, which will
motivate existing firms and nascent entrepreneurs, and which will provide
practical solutions that will allow a greater uptake of eco-friendly
business practices in a competitive context.
The special issue of "Greener Management International" will seek to explore
as many different dimensions of this topic as possible, broadly grouped into
the following themes.
* What constitutes a green entrepreneur?
What are the different definitions of a "green entrepreneur"? Do green
entrepreneurs differ in any significant way from more conventional
entrepreneurs? How can these differences be measured (i.e. demographic
features, industry concentration, or other means)? How successful are green
entrepreneurs compared to conventional ones? Is there a "typical" profile of
a green entrepreneur? What are the difficulties in researching this concept?
* What are the barriers and triggers to environmental entrepreneurship?
What are the survival and failure rates of such entrepreneurs? How do these
compare to other firms? What is the best way to measure "success" in an
eco-friendly entrepreneurial venture (money or environmental outcomes)? What
factors serve as either a barrier or trigger to their activities? What are
the forces that motivate eco-friendly entrepreneurs? What are the practical
steps to foster eco-entrepreneurship in new and existing firms?
* Policies to foster ecopreneurship
What steps can be taken to promote a greener perspective in our
entrepreneurial business operators? This issue may cover the roles of
government regulation and legislation, the impact of business advisers in
encouraging their clients to become greener, the impact of socially
responsible funds and other financiers in funding such ventures, and the
role of NGOs and lobby groups. What can individual communities do to foster
environmental entrepreneurs? What training and education programmes promote
* Case studies
Examples of both successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurial ventures are
sought, preferably drawn from a variety of industries and geographical
regions, and covering both small and large firms. This should ideally link
back to the literature about what does (or does not) constitute a successful
green entrepreneurial project.
The above list is by no means exhaustive, and contributions on other
relevant topics will also be considered. Both qualitative and quantitative
approaches are welcome. The special edition is an attempt to develop a
comprehensive understanding of this relatively new field, and as such
welcomes submissions based on a variety of approaches, be they reflective,
empirical, practical or applied theoretical work.
Academics submitting material should clearly state how the theory and
concepts developed in their work influences managerial practice. Given the
intended practical nature of these publications, contributions from
practitioners in businesses, NGOs and government are also very welcome.
Theoretical papers should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words and case studies
between 2,500 and 4,000 words in length. The paper submissions should follow
editorial guidelines, which can be obtained from Greenleaf Publishing (see
The submission deadline for initial expressions of interest in the form of
abstracts of approximately 300 words is 15 May 2002. Abstracts should
ideally be sent as e-mail attachments to the Guest Editor for the review
process (see "Contact Details" at the end of this Call).
A selection process will then be put into motion. Contributors whose
abstracts are felt appropriate for the projects will then be asked to submit
full papers by 1 September 2002. Contributors will be informed of the
acceptance of their contributions or be invited to submit final revised
papers by 1 November 2002. It is intended that the special issue of "Greener
Management International" will be published in Spring 2003.
* Abstract submissions: 15 May 2002
* Full paper submissions: 1 September 2002
* Revised paper submissions: 1 November 2002
For further information, to discuss ideas for contributions and to submit
abstracts/manuscripts, please contact the Guest Editor:
Dr Michael Schaper
Curtin University of Technology
Perth, Western Australia
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