Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Economics & Management

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Platform


The aim of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Platform is to create and disseminate knowledge about business sustainability in research, teaching and practice.

We facilitate and engage in interdisciplinary projects that provide a deeper understanding of how entrepreneurial and incumbent firms innovate and change by adopting sustainable practices in their business models. The activities of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Platform support and build on CAREM’s larger research program on “Responsive Entrepreneurship and Learning in Metropolitan Areas”.

We have strong ties to the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and as such many of our activities are focused on the apparel and textile industry. However, we also have studied other sectors such as chemicals, financial services and commodities.

 Our research interests and themes: 

• Institutional perspectives on sustainability adoption and change
• Internationalization of supply/value chain
• Sustainable supply chain management
• Cross sector and multi-stakeholder collaborations
• Horizontal collaborations with competitors
• Social entrepreneurship
• Innovation / technology adoption

In Education and Practice

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Platform provides unique opportunities for students to participate in research projects that focus on understanding sustainability in more depth and practice. We actively build and bridge networks between entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers, NGOs, researchers, educators, students and alumni, both locally and internationally. We organize seminars, symposiums and workshops and produce academic and practitioner publications to disseminate research results to a large group of stakeholders and increase impact. Through our activities, the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Platform contributes to the development of a strong apparel, and specialized denim, industry that enables Amsterdam to be at the forefront of sustainable practices. 


Gepubliceerd door  CAREM 16 april 2015