Making Ecopreneurs: Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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Michael Schaper (professor.)
Ashgate, 2005 - Business & Economics - 255 pages
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National and global bodies are increasingly relying on market forces to generate economic growth whilst still protecting the environment. These are driven by 'ecopreneurs' - environmental entrepreneurs who are utilising green issues as a competitive advantage for their firms. Who are these ecopreneurs? How do they work, and what lessons can be learnt from their achievements to date? With contributions from researchers on four continents this book examines the role entrepreneurial individuals play in the adoption of sustainable business practices. The book is in three parts. Included is a study of green entrepreneurs and how they differ from other entrepreneurs. Case studies are also featured; these give examples of both successful and unsuccessful green entrepreneurial ventures. This is a book highly relevant to researchers in the field of sustainable business development and entrepreneurship, policymakers within government and the NGO sector, and business people.

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Contents

Understanding the Green Entrepreneur
3
Opportunists Champions Mavericks ? A Typology of Green
27
Giddens 1984 Perspective
29
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Michael Schaper
Michael Schaper is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, and was previously a senior lectures at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. He has also taught courses in these fields in France, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong King. He holds a PhD and a Master of Commerce degree.

Michael worked for several years as a professional small business adviser in Australia. He also ran his own business and was involved in numerous start-up projects. He spent several years working as a ministerial adviser at the state and federal levels, acting as a policy adviser, speech writer and consultant to several cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament.

He is currently National Vice-President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Deputy Chair of the Fremantle Business Incubator in western Australia.

He is the author or coauthor of four books, with another two currently in production, and has published over thirty articles in various journals and magazines, including the Journal of Small Business Management (USA), International Small Business Journal (UK), Training and Management Development Methods (UK), Australian Certified Practising Accountant, Inside Business Australia, and Studies in Western Australian History.

Thierry Volery
Thierry Volery is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Swiss research Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business at the University of St Gallen Switzerland. He is also the Managing Director of the SME Intensive Study Program - an executive course offered at the University of St Gallen forowner-managers of small and medium-sized businesses.

From September 1999 until March 2002, he was a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at the EM Lyon business school, France. He was previously a senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and international business at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia."
Since 2000, he has been a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Thierry serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Small Business Management, the International Small Business Journal and the International Journal of Educational Management. he holds a doctorate in business economics and social sciences from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His research interest include entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic alliances.

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