Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Creating Environmental Solutions in Light of Planetary Boundaries

Stefan Schaltegger, Markus Beckmann, Kai Hockerts

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This article discusses sustainable entrepreneurship in light of planetary boundaries and related aims to contribute to managing for and in a safe operating space for humanity. The rapidly developing research area of environmental, social and sustainable entrepreneurship has flourished for the last two decades and improved our understanding of the phenomenon. However, while a contribution to sustainable development is often stated in general terms or implied, most of the sustainable entrepreneurship literature focuses on classifications, motivations, processes and specific outcomes without explicit links to how planetary boundaries are addressed. This paper discusses links between sustainable entrepreneurship and the planetary boundaries concept by addressing both perspectives: how can the concept of planetary boundaries provide perspectives for designing and assessing sustainable entrepreneurship? And how can sustainable entrepreneurship contribute effectively to an economy and society operating in a safe operating space for humanity?
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Environmental solutions
  • Planetary boundaries
  • Ecopreneurship
  • Environmental entrepreneurship
  • Safe operating space
  • Transition
  • Sustainability transformation
  • Corporate sustainability

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