IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

The regional soul of sustainability

Listed author(s):
  • Michele Pinelli


    (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)

Profits and social-environmental performance have always been perceived as in contrast with one another. Governments and super-national authorities felt that corporations were lacking the incentives to pursue sustainable practices, which then had to be imposed through regulation. Such situation opens space to (at least) two debates: the first one is about whether or not entrepreneurs can help regulations and policies to implement sustainable development; the second one concerns how the current economic context is going to affect sustainable development. This paper joins such debates arguing that a) the role of entrepreneurs in the implementation of sustainability is increasingly important and not just complementary to regulations and policies; b) changes in the economic contexts will give an increasingly ÒregionalÓ character to sustainable development. There is emerging evidence that sustainability is becoming profitable for firms as a result of a dynamics involving consumer awareness, regulations, new cost structures and market-driven requests for sustainable business practices. This new-born profitability is the incentive which will make firms play their important part in the implementation of sustainability. Increased geographical proximity among activities and less global value chains will be the result of the efforts that companies will make in order to capture these profits through sustainable business model innovation. This will lead to invest in surrounding communities and territories (Porter and Kramer, 2011), to leverage circular economies (Fang, Cot , Qin, 2007) and to re-think logistics and transportation strategies. Entrepreneurs capable to relocate activities fitting with each other and to aggregate them properly in coherent bundles can realize durable competitive advantages (Porter, 1996). This is why sustainability has a ÒregionalÓ soul.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: First version, 2013
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia in its series Working Papers with number 15.

in new window

Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
Handle: RePEc:vnm:wpdman:51
Contact details of provider: Postal:
San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873, 30121 Venezia

Phone: +39 0412348721
Fax: +39 0412348701
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Kedia, Ben L. & Mukherjee, Debmalya, 2009. "Understanding offshoring: A research framework based on disintegration, location and externalization advantages," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 250-261, July.
  2. Kedia, Ben L. & Lahiri, Somnath, 2007. "International outsourcing of services: A partnership model," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 13(1), pages 22-37, March.
  3. Ingemar Dierickx & Karel Cool, 1989. "Asset Stock Accumulation and Sustainability of Competitive Advantage," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 35(12), pages 1504-1511, December.
  4. Ingemar Dierickx & Karel Cool, 1989. "Asset Stock Accumulation and the Sustainability of Competitive Advantage: Reply," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 35(12), pages 1514-1514, December.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:vnm:wpdman:51. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Marco LiCalzi)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.