Anticipating or living (high) growth and scalability of new ventures or new organizations is one of the least studied elements of the entrepreneurial process, especially if you focus on: how do new ventures grow? (Gilbert, McDougall, and Audretsch 2006). Taking this element into account adopting a CSR and/or sustainable development perspective would however be crucial. Indeed, it is by developing and implementing that sustainability and responsibility are practiced within the new venture/organization. If at a startup level, taking CSR into account is a real creative catalyst in the design of an entrepreneurial project (Lefebvre and Radu-Lefebvre 2012), what about the growth stage? How do entrepreneurs deal with it?
The literature on entrepreneurship offers different trends. When it comes to taking into account corporate social responsibility or sustainable development in the field of entrepreneurship, the outcome of the new venture/organization used to prevail on taking into account the whole dimensions of CSR or Sustainable Development in the overall entrepreneurial process. Social entrepreneurship is thus defined more in opposition to traditional entrepreneurship, the economic outcome vs the social one (Peredo and McLean 2006). For its part, “sustainable entrepreneurship is focused on the preservation of nature, life support, and community in the pursuit of perceived opportunities to bring into existence future products, processes, and services for gain, where gain is broadly construed to include economic and non-economic gains to individuals, the economy, and society” (Shepherd and Patzelt 2011, 137). However, the concept is still emerging, but it received more interest from the sustainability community that from the entrepreneurship one (Sarango-Lalangui, Santos, and Hormiga 2018).
We suggest to authors wishing to fully engage in the theoretical integration of CSR and sustainable development in entrepreneurship to take it into account across the entire entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial process by focusing on the most counter-intuitive level: growth and scalability with a sustainable vocation (Bergin 2001).
3 main questions can be addressed for this session:
– What is (high) sustainable growth / scalability in entrepreneurship?
– Are ecosystems adapted to (high) sustainable growth / scalability carried by entrepreneurs?
– What is / are the processes and specific practices involved? And, how can these processes and practices be supported?
Responsable Session / Track leaders
Vincent Lefebvre Audencia Businenss School Associate Professor Entrepreneurship vlefebvre(at)audencia.com
Audencia Business School
Sebastien Ronteau Audencia Business School Associate Professor Entrepreneurship sronteau(at)audencia.com
ISC Paris Business School
Bergin, Richard Jeffrey. 2001. “Venture Design, Scalability and Sustained Performance.” Academy of Management Proceedings 2001 (1): A1–A5. doi:10.5465/apbpp.2001.6133855.
Gilbert, Brett Anitra, Patricia P. McDougall, and David B. Audretsch. 2006. “New Venture Growth: A Review and Extension.” Journal of Management 32 (6): 926–950. doi:10.1177/0149206306293860.
Lefebvre, Vincent, and Miruna Radu-Lefebvre. 2012. “Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility at the Start-up Level: Constraint or Catalyst for Opportunity Identification?” International Business Research 5 (7). doi:10.5539/ibr.v5n7p17.
Peredo, Ana María, and Murdith McLean. 2006. “Social Entrepreneurship: A Critical Review of the Concept.” Journal of World Business 41 (1): 56–65. doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2005.10.007.
Sarango-Lalangui, Paul, Jane Santos, and Esther Hormiga. 2018. “The Development of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Field.” Sustainability 10 (6): 2005. doi:10.3390/su10062005.
Shepherd, Dean A., and Holger Patzelt. 2011. “The New Field of Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Studying Entrepreneurial Action Linking ‘What Is to Be Sustained’ With ‘What Is to Be Developed.’” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 35 (1): 137–163. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00426.x.
Soumission / Submission
Types of submissions accepted:
long papers (full papers)
short papers (3000 words max., compulsory sub-headings: Introduction / Objectives (500 words max.); Literature review (500 words max.); Approach / methodology (500 words max.); Results (500 words max. ); Discussion (500 words max.); Implications and limits (500 words max.).
Papers must be original (unpublished, not under review in a journal or conference). An anti-plagiarism check of the papers will be carried out.
The papers must comply with the following presentation guidelines:
In Microsoft Word A4 format;
Line spacing 1.5 including bibliographic notes (single line space);
Font: Times New Roman, 12 point body;
Titles and subtitles in bold type, numbered as 1, 1.1 and 1.1.1. ;
Numbering of the pages in the center and at the bottom of the page;
2.5 cm high, low, right and left margins;
Bibliographic references mentioned at the end of the document;
Names of the authors referenced in the body of the text in parentheses and followed by the year of publication. Articles that do not meet these layout requirements will be returned to their authors.
The communication proposal will be structured as follows:
Title (in French and English)
Authors (First name, NAME, establishment, laboratory, email)
Summary (French or English – 300 words max)
Text of the communication (short or long paper)