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Environmental leadership: The Environmental Technology Sector in Sweden from an Ecopreneurship Perspective
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3167-9389
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1902-5155
2012 (English)In: Sustainable Development: Theory, Practice, Education / [ed] Pienkowski, Darek, Makarewich-Marcinkowska, Agnieszka, Wiland-Szymańska, Justyna, Poznan: Poznan , 2012, p. 187-200Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Economic actors and entrepreneurs are the central agents of change in the process of transformation needed to solve environmental challenges. The growing recognition of environmental issues has provided entrepreneurs with new opportunities, resulting in the emergence of ecopreneurs. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the character of ecopreneurship in the environmental technology sector, with focus on environmental responsibility and environmental leadership at both the company and sector level. The survey of companies and representatives of branch organisations in four environmental technology subsectors: Waste Management & Recycling, Bioenergy Fuels, Wind Energy Technology and Solar Energy Technology is based on telephone and personal interviews as well as on environmentally related information and statements on the websites. The literature review shows that there are different approaches to categorizing ecopreneurs and sustainability entrepreneurs. A key dimension is the value and motives of entrepreneurs, with dichotomy between opportunistic ecopreneurs, and those driven more by nonprofit value. Environmental technology and cleantech are commonly accepted as being green businesses as these sectors deliver environmental preferable products and services.  According to the results there is a strong awareness about this environmental friendly profile within subsectors of environmental technology industry, both within branch organizations and within companies. However, this awareness does not always lead to a broader, green-green view of the environmental leadership. In many cases the branch organizations and the companies within environmental technology sector represent a more opportunistic approach towards environmental issues. Only one of branch organizations addresses environmental impacts of members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Poznan: Poznan , 2012. p. 187-200
Keywords [en]
environmental leadership, ecopreneurship, opportunistic ecopreneurs, environmental technology
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16443ISBN: 978-83-61643-25-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-16443DiVA, id: diva2:574921
Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-12-06 Last updated: 2014-12-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Corporate Greening: Product and Production Perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Corporate Greening: Product and Production Perspectives
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes corporate greening in general, and specifically the environmental technology (ET) sector as a green sector. The thesis has also particular focus on production and products related aspects and the influence of the environmental profile of the ET sector on the environmental engagement of companies in the sector. The study is based on a questionnaire-based survey, online surveys and on semi-structured open-ended interviews. The organizations within the ET sector were identified using existing platforms within this sector: Sustainability Sweden and Swentec. The results show that not all companies and industry associations in the ET sector clearly distinguish between product and production related environmental aspects. Furthermore, the product related environmental profile, which constitutes the legitimacy for the sector, can influence companies’ environmental strategy, not only positively but also negatively. The results from the survey on Global Supersector Leaders 2009/2010 in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) show that all companies are aware of production and product related environmental issues. Based on results from this survey a model of corporate environmental profile consisting of product and production oriented activities as well as initiatives that go beyond the core business operations is proposed. These initiatives can be divided into two groups: environmental education and environmental projects and sponsorship. This thesis proposes products and production related impacts and environmental activities as bases for defining corporate environmental profiles, corporate greening, and for defining ‘green’ and ‘green-green’ business as well as environmental leaders. The distinction between product and production related environmental initiatives as well as the other dimensions of the proposed model in this thesis can support companies in their communication of environmental performance and environmental activities.  Furthermore, ‘competitive advantage’, ‘environmental responsibility’ and ‘environmental leadership’ should motivate companies within the ET sector to be ‘vocal’ green-green firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2013. p. 116
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 137
Keywords
Greening, ‘Green’ business; ‘Green-green’ business; Environmental leaders; Environmental profile; Environmental technology; Product and production; Communicating; CSR; Ecopreneurs, Företags miljöarbete; ’Gröna’ företag; ’Grön-gröna’ företag; Miljöledande företag och organisationer; Miljöteknik; Produkt och tillverkning; Kommunikation; CSR; Ecoprenörer
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18667 (URN)978-91-7485-105-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-05-24, Lambda, Mälardalens högskola, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-27 Last updated: 2015-11-16Bibliographically approved

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