Exploring wellbeing indicators of women micro entrepreneurs in Zambia

Eijdenberg, Emiel L., and Ehmann, Lena (2019) Exploring wellbeing indicators of women micro entrepreneurs in Zambia. In: Lepeley, Maria-Teresa, Kuschel, Katherina, Beutell, Nicholas, Pouw, Nicky, and Eijdenberg, Emiel L., (eds.) Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship: a global perspective. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 359-373.

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Wellbeing is the sustained state of feeling well, healthy, and prosperous. Sometimes it is also referred to as happiness: frequent experiences of positive feelings (Diener, 1994, 2000). Wellbeing can be achieved by numerous factors. Being oriented towards sustainability is one way for an individual to improve one's wellbeing because addressing environmental and social concerns can lead to better feelings of health, prosperity, and happiness. In this chapter, sustainability orientations are concerned primarily with the micro entrepreneurs willingness to address environmental and social issues. Shepherd and Patzelt (2011) suggested that the sustainability orientations depend largely on the micro entrepreneurs' realisation that their environment is suffering. Their altruism and their knowledge of social and environmental factors (such as those related to the community and the climate) also matter. Taking this as the baseline, sustainability is defined in this chapter as the micro entrepreneur's social and environmental orientations while starting and/or actively running a business – akin to an adapted definition of Roxas, Ashill, and Chadee (2017, p.164) which is "strategic stance of firms to integrate [social and] natural environmental considerations into their business strategy".

Item ID: 60469
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-367-23438-6
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 00:38
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350704 Entrepreneurship @ 100%
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