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International ECOpreneurship: Environmental commitment and international partner selection of Finnish firms from the energy sector

Tamara Galkina ()
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Tamara Galkina: University of Vaasa

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2021, vol. 19, issue 2, No 6, 300-320

Abstract: Abstract Although numerous scholars recognize that entrepreneurial firms and their environmental innovations play a key role in global environmental progress, the topic of ecopreneurial internationalization has received only scant research attention. This article explores how the environmental commitment of ecopreneurs influences partner selection during the internationalization of their ventures. It does so by following a multiple-case study strategy and examining ecopreneurial small- and medium-size firms from Finland’s energy sector. The study proposes that, depending on a dominating type of environmental commitment—affective, continuance, or normative—these ventures should favor partner-related and task-related criteria in different ways when selecting international partners. This article contributes to ecopreneurship and to the literature on partner selection in international entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Ecopreneurship; Environmental commitment; International entrepreneurship; Partner selection; SMEs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10843-021-00286-8

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