Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics

Best Paper Award for Lori Divito and René Bohnsack

Lori Divito and René Bohnsack won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship

22 jan 2016 15:53 | CAREM

‘How does entrepreneurial orientation affect decisions and trade-offs on sustainability impact?’ This is the question Lori Divito (AUAS) and René Bohnsack (UCP) are answering in their working paper ‘Entrepreneurial Orientation and its Impact on Tradeoff Decisions in Sustainability.’ For this paper they received the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the 6th Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship. The paper has been awarded with € 1000 and will receive a fast track review process at CIM (Creativity and Innovation Management).

Lori Divito is lecturer and researcher at the AUAS

The case of sustainable fashion entrepreneurs 

Balancing the three dimensions of sustainability (social, ecological and economic) inherently requires choices in which one dimension or another has less optimal outcomes. There is not much known about the rationale that sustainable entrepreneurs use for making such trade-offs.
With this paper Divito and Bohnsack investigate the microfoundations of sustainable entrepreneurship and aim to shed light on trade-offs made in decisions about social, ecological and economic sustainability.The authors collected data about entrepreneurial orientation and sustainability trade offs and held in-depth interviews with a subsample of six firms. 
From the findings, they derived a typology of three types of sustainable entrepreneurs: green-conflicted, humanitarian-oriented and holistically-oriented. The authors find that the entrepreneurs accept slower economic growth or lower performance in order to maintain the integrity of their social and ecological values. 

Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship

The sixth edition of the Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship took place in Lünenburg, Germany from the 14th to 16 th of January 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Creating solutions with sustainable entrepreneurship’. For more information, visit www.lce2016.org