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Department of Management and Organization, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam 1081 HV, The Netherlands

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School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, College of Business, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland 0745, New Zealand





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Academic Editors: Tom Vanacker, Yves Fassin and Mirjam Knockaert

Abstract This study uses the model of Patzelt and Shepherd 2011 to examine the factors influencing the identification of sustainable opportunities among SMEs in a developing country, Zambia. The factors under investigation include knowledge of the natural-social environment, perception of threats to the natural-social environment, altruism towards others and entrepreneurial knowledge. We interviewed 220 owner-managers in the trading and service sector who supply goods and services to the mining industry in Zambia. We found that altruism towards others was partially supported by our empirical results while the positive effects of knowledge of the natural-social environment and perception of threats to the natural-social environment on the identification of sustainable opportunities were not supported. Contrary to our expectations, entrepreneurial knowledge does not positively moderate the relationship between explanatory variables and the identification of sustainable opportunities. In sum, we found only limited empirical support for the model of Patzelt and Shepherd 2011 concerning the identification of sustainable opportunities. Our findings contribute to literature on entrepreneurship and sustainable opportunity identification by showing what factors influence the identification of sustainable opportunities. This can help us to create awareness among entrepreneurs regarding the effects of entrepreneurial activities on the environment and society; consequently, stimulating entrepreneurs to identify sustainable opportunities. View Full-Text

Keywords: sustainable entrepreneurship; sustainable opportunities; opportunity identification; SMEs; developing countries; Zambia sustainable entrepreneurship; sustainable opportunities; opportunity identification; SMEs; developing countries; Zambia





Author: Progress Choongo 1, Elco Van Burg 1,* , Leo J. Paas 2 and Enno Masurel 1

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