The creation process of environmentally sustainable enterprises


  • Joyce Aparecida Ramos dos Santos Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil
  • Rivanda Meira Teixeira Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil



Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Process, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Environmentally Sustainable Entrepreneurial Process.


Objective: To analyze phases that involve the process of creating environmentally sustainable enterprises. Method: Qualitative approach with an exploratory and descriptive purpose. A multi-case study strategy was employed, carried out with five micro-enterprises located in the state of Paraná. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and observed under documental analysis. Originality/Relevance: Evidenced by the scarcity of studies investigating how the sustainable environmental entrepreneurial process occurs, the present study can be seen as an initial effort to help fill this gap. Results: The evidence demonstrated that the sustainable environmental entrepreneurial process as a multifaceted phenomenon, admitting different configurations depending on the profile of the individual who undertakes a venture, motivations for business creation, central proposal of the created enterprise and development context. Theoretical/methodological contributions: Proposition of a specific structure in the field of environmental sustainable entrepreneurship that which allows for recursion between the phases and / or the non-coverage of any of them in the creation of an enterprise of this nature. Social contributions: The proposed model can guide new entrepreneurs in the creation of an environmentally sustainable enterprise.

JEL CODE: L26, Q01,  Q56


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Author Biographies

Joyce Aparecida Ramos dos Santos, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Joyce dos Santos is a PhD student in the Postgraduate Program in Management at the Federal University of Parana. She holds a Master's in Business Administration from the aforementioned institution and a Business Administration degree from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. Her areas of interest include Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Sustainable Innovation and Sustainable Finance. His research has been published in magazines such as Theory and Practice in Administration, Revista Gestão e Sustentabilidade Ambiental and Empreendedorismo e Inovação Sustentável.

Rivanda Meira Teixeira, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Rivanda Meira Teixeira is a retired senior professor in the Graduate Program in Management at UFPR. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Cranfield University (1996) and a Masters in Business Administration from COPPEAD / UFRJ (1979). Post-Doctorate in Tourism Management at Bournemouth University, England and Strathclyde University, Scotland (2000-2002). Post-Doctorate in Entrepreneurship at HEC Canada (2006-2007). Post Doctorate at FGV-SP- (2014-2015). His areas of
interest include Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Social Networks; Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Management of Small
Tourist Businesses; Management Research Methodology. Her articles have been published in journals such as the International Journal of Hospitality Management; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Theory and Practice in Administration, USP Management Journal, Brazilian Tourism Research Magazine, Ebape.Br Journal, Micro and Small Business Journal, Electronic Journal of Administrative Science, among others.


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How to Cite

Santos, J. A. R. dos, & Teixeira, R. M. (2021). The creation process of environmentally sustainable enterprises. Iberoamerican Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 10(2), e1913.