Resource-conserving entrepreneurial behaviour of micro-entrepreneurs: evidence from a Tanzanian community

Eijdenberg, Emiel L., and Ostertag, Felix (2021) Resource-conserving entrepreneurial behaviour of micro-entrepreneurs: evidence from a Tanzanian community. In: Thirumaran, K., and Azzali, Simona, (eds.) Tropical Constrained Environments and Sustainable Adaptations: businesses and communities. Managing the Asian Century . Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 27-44.

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To conserve the planet for current and future generations, researchers in entrepreneurship have focused increasingly on pro-environmental entrepreneurial behaviour. However, in tropical constrained environments, factors underlying pro environmental entrepreneurial behaviour (for example, resource conservation, as considered in this study) have been largely understudied. Against this background, this chapter examines a prototypical sample of 140 micro-entrepreneurs (food vendors, in this case) in Iringa, a city in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania. The analyses show that resource-conserving entrepreneurial behaviours and actions depend on entrepreneurial competencies and the micro-entrepreneurs’ attitudes towards resource conservation, the latter of which is, in turn, crucially contingent upon the entrepreneurs’ educational background. Apart from the theoretical implications that can be drawn from the granular findings, on a broader level, this study contributes to a much-needed deeper contextualisation of entrepreneurship as a research field. Several practical implications, revolving around reconsidered education and training young generations, are presented in the concluding discussion.

Item ID: 72060
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-334-631-4
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Copyright Information: © 2021 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 00:56
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350704 Entrepreneurship @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190101 Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) @ 50%
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