Sustainability-driven innovation at the bottom: Insights from grassroots ecopreneurs
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
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This research focuses on a little studied area within the future of global sustainability, that of grassroots ecopreneurs. While living and working in resource-constrained environments these entrepreneurs strive to create economic value by combining social and environmental goals. Relying on inductive methodology based on eight cases, the paper analyses how innovations are being crafted with little or no resources, yet provoking a great impact in their local communities and beyond. We find the grassroots ecopreneurs pursuing a triple bottom line approach, from the harmonic combination of economic, social and environmental goals that have the potential to shape the future of sustainability on global basis.
Soumodip Sarkar gratefully acknowledges financial support received from the Portuguese Science Foundation-FCT and FEDER/ COMPETE (grants PEst-C/EGE/UI4007/2013 and SFRH/BSAB/114365/ 2016). Mario Pansera thanks the financial support of Marie Skłodowska-Curie People Action programme of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Vol. 114, pp. 327-338