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Call for Papers: „Advances in Sustainable Entrepreneurship”

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Administrative Sciences “Advances in Sustainable Entrepreneurship”

Guest Editor: Jacob Hörisch, Alanus University

Sustainable Entrepreneurship has the potential to contribute to the solution of environmental and social problems through entrepreneurial activity. Thereby, it aims at societal transitions towards more sustainability. Despite the enormous potential of sustainable entrepreneurship, the academic debate in this field has just begun to evolve, and, consequently, more research to advance the con-cept of sustainable entrepreneurship is needed.
With reference to Dean and McMullen (2007, p. 58), sustainable entrepreneurship can be defined as an innovative “process of discovering, evaluating, and exploiting economic opportunities that are present in market failures which detract from sustainability“. It is not distinct from phenomena such as social and environmental entrepreneurship, but offers a sustainability perspective on these con-cepts (Thompson et al., 2011) and is therefore not restricted to profit-oriented organizations.Among the papers published in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship, only a few quantitative analyses and literature reviews can be found, but there is also need for more qualitative, conceptual, and theoretical advances on sustainable entrepreneurship.
The Special Issue aims at addressing this need for high quality research on sustainable entrepreneur-ship. It welcomes contributions on the following non-conclusive list of topics:

  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Financing sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial growth
  • Characteristics of sustainable entrepreneurs
  • Theories in sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Links and (dis)similarities to sustainability management
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and public policy
  • Evaluating sustainable ventures
  • Transformative aspirations of sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and stakeholder theory
  • Sustainable business models
  • Literature reviews on sustainable entrepreneurship

Submissions addressing further issues related to sustainable entrepreneurship (including transdisciplinary approaches) are explicitly welcome.


For further information on the Special Issue, please visit or contact Jacob Hoerisch


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2015


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  • Dean, T. J.; McMullen, J.S. (2007): Toward a theory of sustainable entrepreneurship: Reducing environmental degradation through entrepreneurial action. Journal of Business Venturing 22 (1), 50–76.
  • Honig, B.; Karlsson, T. (2013): An Institutional Perspective on Business Planning Activities for Nascent Entrepreneurs in Sweden and the US. Administrative Sciences 3 (4), 266–289.
  • Hörisch, J.; Freeman, R. E.; Schaltegger, S. (2014): Applying Stakeholder Theory in Sustainability Management: Links, Similarities, Dissimilarities, and a Conceptual Framework. Organization & Environment 27 (4), 328–346.
  • Hörisch, J.; Johnson, M. P.; Schaltegger, S. (2014): Implementation of Sustainability Management and Company Size: A Knowledge-Based View. Business Strategy and the Environment, OnlineFirst.
  • Schaltegger, S.; Wagner, M. (2011): Sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainability innovation: categories and interactions. Business Strategy and the Environment 20 (4), 222–237.
  • Thompson, N.; Kiefer, K.; York, J.G (2011): Distinctions not dichotomies: Exploring social, sustainable, and environmental entrepreneurship. In: G. T. Lumpkin and J. A. Katz (Eds): Social and sustainable entrepreneurship. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald, 201–229.