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National systems of entrepreneurship: goals of sustainability


  • Mario Raposo
  • Cristina I. Fernandes
  • Pedro M. Veiga


Purpose - National systems of entrepreneurship (NSE) broadly act as a means of allocating resources driven by the constant search for opportunities at the individual level through the launching of new businesses and firms with such activities, and their results are governed by the specific institutional characteristics of each country. In contrast to the institutional emphasis on innovation systems, in which such institutions establish and regulate actions, institutions are only able to regulate those who act with the results stemming from such individual actions, the core driver of national entrepreneurship systems. Design/methodology/approach - Given the challenges faced by companies and societies in general over mitigating climate change, support for sustainable entrepreneurship is fundamental. However, there has to be any study of the impact of national entrepreneurship systems on sustainability. This research therefore analyses the impact of national entrepreneurship systems on the sustainability of countries. Findings - The authors conclude that those countries deploying higher level national entrepreneurship systems return better results in terms of their sustainability. Originality/value - The authors, thus, seek to contribute towards the academic throughout deepening the knowledge prevailing on the relationship between entrepreneurship and sustainability. The authors also seek to enable managers, entrepreneurs and politicians to grasp how entrepreneurship is a systemic factor, and it is at this level that it may make its greatest contribution to bringing about sustainability.

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  • Mario Raposo & Cristina I. Fernandes & Pedro M. Veiga, 2020. "National systems of entrepreneurship: goals of sustainability," Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 9(4), pages 345-364, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jepppp:jepp-04-2020-0018

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