Call for papers: "Entrepreneurship and the Environment"

We welcome submissions to a special issue on "Entrepreneurship and the Environment."

María Paz Salmador, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
M. Begoña Lloria, Universitat de València, Spain
Patrick O’Carroll, IQVIA


There is a growing body of literature addressing the role of companies in their concern and responsibility of preserving the natural environment (Albertini, 2013), which reflects the increasing interest of academics and business practitioners towards these issues, as well as the importance for citizens and nations. 

Since seminal works such as those by Hart (1995) and Porter and Van der Linde (1995), relevant efforts have been made in order to explore corporate environmentalism and its effects on business strategy and management (Aragón-Correa, 1998), mainly analyzing how firms can sustain and stimulate both firm competitiveness and profitability while respecting the natural environment. Important initiatives have also been accomplished from public policy and business practitioners, including those launched by the European Commission in 2015 on Circular Economy, showing the growing importance given to the natural environment in economy, business and society. 

As essential determinants in the dynamics of change and wealth creation in the progress, respect, quality and future development of society and economy, entrepreneurs play a crucial role (Audretsch; Castrogiovanni; Ribeiro; and Roig, 2005). Entrepreneurship is closely related to SMEs and also large firms in private and public organizations within local, regional, national or international markets, contributing to create new value. 

The role of the entrepreneur is to identify, assess, and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities, that is, new strategies and organizational forms, new products and services, markets, processes and raw materials that did not previously exist (Shane and Venkataraman, 2000). 

In this sense, in the intersection between environmentalism and entrepreneurship there is a fertile area for research, as substantial possibilities emerge for entrepreneurs in order to 2 recognize, evaluate, and put into action new business initiatives that find new ways and respect the environment. Framed both in the Institutional Theory (Bansal and Roth, 2005) as well as the Natural Resource-Based View (Hart, 1995; Aragón-Correa and Sharma, 2003), emerging and existing firms have to explore new ways and address important internal and external changes in order to develop effective proactive corporate environmentalism. 

In this Special Issue we try to offer an innovative and exciting, while serious and rigorous, look at the relationship between “entrepreneurship” and “environmentalism,” which are basic elements of a healthy economy, and which need to be integrated. In this vein, specific topics may include, but are not limited, to the following ones: 

o Entrepreneurship and the creation of new firms given the importance of the natural environment. 

o Environmentalism and entrepreneurship in SME’s. 

o The role of entrepreneurship in large firms.

o The role of eco-innovation and environmental innovations, sustainable competitive advantage and higher firm performance. o Entrepreneurship and circular economy. o Green entrepreneurship and proactive environmental strategies. 

o Environmentalism and entrepreneurship in new organizational forms, new technologies, new processes, new raw materials, new products, new services and/or new markets. 

o Entrepreneurship and the role of environmental legitimacy, reputation and image. 

o Attraction and retention of talent and highly-skilled workers and their role in environmental innovation and corporate environmentalism. 

o The role of international legislation on environmental management (ISO 14000) and its impact on entrepreneurship.

o Other issues in that way are welcome.


Albertini, E. (2013): Does environmental management improve financial performance? A meta-analytical review, Organization & Environment, 26 (4), 431-457.
Aragón-Correa, J.A. (1998). Strategic proactivity and firm approach to the natural environment. Academy of Management Journal, 41, 556-567.
Aragón-Correa, J.A., & Sharma, S. (2003). A contingent resource-based view of proactive corporate environmental strategy. Academy of Management Review, 28, 71-88.
Audretsch, D.B.; Castrogiovanni, G. J.; Ribeiro, D.; Roig, S. (2005): Linking Entrepreneurship and Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 1, 5–7.
Bansal, P., & Roth, K. (2005). Why companies go green: a model of ecological responsiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 43, 717-736.
Hart, S. L. 1995. A natural-resource-based view of the firm. Academy of Management Review, 20: 986-1014.
Porter, M., & van der Linde, C. (1995): Green and competitive: ending the stalemate. Harvard Business Review, Sep-Oct, 120-134.
Shane, S. & Venkataraman, S. (2000): The promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research. The Academy of Management Review, 25(1), 217-226.


Please submit your paper via

When asked whether your submission is part of a special issue, reply "yes" and select "Entrepreneurship and the Environment" in the drop-down menu. Additionally, please mention in your cover letter that your article should be considered for this issue.

Submissions must be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers that are suitable for publication in the special issue will be double-blind reviewed as per the IEMJ’s review process guidelines. 

The editors will base their final acceptance decisions on relevance for the special issue, technical quality, innovative content, and originality of research approaches and results. 

If you have any questions about the suitability of the topics or approaches, please contact María Paz Salmador (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 

Papers should be a maximum of 15,000 words in length. 

For informal inquiries related to the special issue, proposed topics and potential fit with the special issue objectives, please send a voluntary abstract (250 words) to the guest editors. Guest Editors' contact information: M. Paz Salmador, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. e-mail: M. Begoña Lloria Facultad de Economía, Universitat de València, Spain. e-mail: Patrick O’Carroll IQVIA R&D. e-mail: