Towards a conceptual framework of enterprise support for pro-environmental small and medium-sized enterprises: A contextualised review of diverse knowledge domains

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Paterson, F., Baranova, P. and Gallotta, B. 2022. Towards a conceptual framework of enterprise support for pro-environmental small and medium-sized enterprises: A contextualised review of diverse knowledge domains. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit. https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942221097373
AuthorsPaterson, F., Baranova, P. and Gallotta, B.
Abstract

Whilst there are well-established bodies of knowledge about enterprise support and the role of entrepreneurial learning for SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) in general and a growing body of evidence relating to environmental capabilities, green/eco-innovation, sustainable supply chains and green skills for SMEs in particular, there is little empirical and peer reviewed literature that address approaches to enterprise support specifically focussed on the needs of the growing number of pro-environmental SMEs. This study undertakes a contextualised review of diverse knowledge domains to identify the key features of enterprise support for pro-environmental SMEs. In doing so, the paper plots the knowledge journey of experienced academic programme providers, from the initial design of an enterprise support programme for pro-environmental SMEs, through a thematic review of academic, grey and other related literature and finally presents a propositional and normative conceptual framework that proposes eight key features of enterprise support for pro-environmental SMEs. The resulting ‘framework for action’ aims to offer a practical tool for providers of pro-environmental enterprise support to review and improve their own provision, an analytical frame for other researchers in this field and a benchmark for SMEs seeking guidance on their pathway to net-zero business performance.

KeywordsSmall and medium-sized enterprises; enterprise support; green business; pro-environmental business; sustainability; literature review; conceptual framework; eco-preneurial learning
Year2022
JournalLocal Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
PublisherSAGE Journals
ISSN1470-9325
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942221097373
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/02690942221097373
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Online20 May 2022
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Accepted24 Mar 2022
Deposited01 Jun 2022
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