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Call for Short Papers for EGOS 2020: Sub-theme 20: Combating Climate Change through Entrepreneurship

  • 1.  Call for Short Papers for EGOS 2020: Sub-theme 20: Combating Climate Change through Entrepreneurship

    Posted 09-23-2019 05:29

    Sub-theme 20: Combating Climate Change through Entrepreneurship



    Siddharth Vedula

    Babson College, USA

    Dimo Dimov

    University of Bath, United Kingdom

    Panikos Georgallis

    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:

    • What is the process of market formation in these industry sectors that seek to combat climate change? What are the patterns of collective action among entrepreneurs or between entrepreneurs and supporting (e.g. NGOs) or opposing (e.g. incumbents) actors?
    • How do both formal and informal institutions constrain or enable "environmental" entrepreneurship? What is the role of governments (local and national), and how do these interact with more decentralized social institutions?
    • Given the historical inaction by incumbents on climate change, does corporate entrepreneurship have a role to play in addressing climate change? Is there a different role for established corporations than for startups? More broadly, under what conditions can and do incumbents participate in addressing climate change?
    • What are the motivations for becoming an "environmental" entrepreneur? For example, do these entrepreneurs differ from "conventional" entrepreneurs in terms of background, identity, or skills; if so, how and what implications does it have for entrepreneurship research?
    • How might we effectively finance "environmental" entrepreneurs? Given the traditionally capital intensive nature of this sector, to what extent do new forms of financing (e.g. crowdfunding) have a role to play?
    • What are the business models that are needed for these ventures to survive, and subsequently thrive?

    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


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    Panikos Georgallis |Assistant Professor | International Management & Strategy | Amsterdam Business School | University of Amsterdam | M.217 Plantage Muidergracht 12, 1018TV Amsterdam | |