Sub-theme 20: Combating Climate Change through Entrepreneurship
Babson College, USA
University of Bath, United Kingdom
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Climate change is the major environmental challenge facing humankind. There is widespread consensus among scientists that humans are causing climate change, with catastrophic negative consequences. Among academics, practitioners and policy makers alike, there is increasing recognition that businesses can, should, and have the power, to play a critical part in addressing this grand societal challenge. And yet, large corporations have traditionally been either complicit in their inaction or slow to move, often disagreeing on the scope and scale of climate change. As such, the lack of definitive climate leadership by incumbent organizations has paved the way for "sustainable" or "environmental" entrepreneurs to adopt a more prominent role in climate action. The diversity of scholarly research examining such acts of "environmental" entrepreneurship has led to a rich body of empirical evidence on this important phenomenon. But while the range of perspectives is welcome, the plethora of labels and meanings attached to such endeavors often hampers the accumulation of insights and opportunities for theoretical integration. This sub-theme thus proposes to bring together scholars drawing on these or other approaches to understand entrepreneurial activity that contributes to the mitigation of, or adaptation to, climate change. The goal is to advance scholarly dialogue and instigate building better and more unified theory.
Questions and themes addressed in this sub-theme on entrepreneurship and climate change include but are not limited to:
Conceptual explorations and literature reviews of the formation of sustainable industries and their role in broader economic change are also welcome.
Submission deadline for short papers: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 23:59 CET