Building an empirically grounded conceptual frame for business networking as a mechanism for pro-environmental business growth

Journal article


Paterson, F., Gallotta, B. and Baranova, P. 2024. Building an empirically grounded conceptual frame for business networking as a mechanism for pro-environmental business growth . Local Economy. 38 (5), pp. 484-585. https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942241231504
AuthorsPaterson, F., Gallotta, B. and Baranova, P.
Abstract

Whilst there is a growing body of evidence relating to the environmental capabilities, eco innovation, sustainable supply chains and green skills of individual SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), much less attention has been paid to networked approaches to pro-environmental SME support. The empirical studies that do exist mostly take a firm centric approach. This study takes a network centric view to describe hitherto under-explored features of network functionality based on case analysis of a single business support network in the East Midlands of the UK. The resulting conceptual framework offers an analytical tool that can be used to study network functionality for pro-environmental SME development more widely.

Empirical data for this case analysis of a single regional low-carbon business network is drawn from interviews with 25 stakeholders, analysis of programme level data and documentation, ‘insider’ observation of network activity and evidence from both independent and
internal evaluations. The study charts key aspects of network provision and its impact upon SMEs and wider stakeholders. The paper then presents a conceptual model of pro-environmental business networking that identifies key internal features of network activity as well as various external drivers of multi-stakeholder engagement in the shift to a more sustainable local economy.

Keywordsbusiness networks; pro-environmental; clean growth; transition; sustainable economy; decarbonisation
Year2024
JournalLocal Economy
Journal citation38 (5), pp. 484-585
PublisherSAGE Journals
ISSN1470-9325
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942241231504
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/02690942241231504
Accepted author manuscript
License
File Access Level
Open
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online07 Feb 2024
Publication process dates
Accepted24 Jan 2024
Deposited14 Feb 2024
Permalink -

https://repository.derby.ac.uk/item/q434y/building-an-empirically-grounded-conceptual-frame-for-business-networking-as-a-mechanism-for-pro-environmental-business-growth

Download files


Accepted author manuscript
LEC-22-0180.R1_Proof_hi.pdf
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File access level: Open

  • 24
    total views
  • 11
    total downloads
  • 11
    views this month
  • 7
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Pro-environmental enterprise support: Developing a framework to unlock the potential of SMEs in sustainability transitions.
Gallotta, B., Baranova, P. and Paterson, F. 2024. Pro-environmental enterprise support: Developing a framework to unlock the potential of SMEs in sustainability transitions. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit. pp. 1-40. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094224123797
Multi-stakeholder networks as learning settings towards pro-environmental entrepreneurship: learning through the diversity and policy-practice interface
Baranova, P. 2024. Multi-stakeholder networks as learning settings towards pro-environmental entrepreneurship: learning through the diversity and policy-practice interface. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation . https://doi.org/10.1177/14657503231224613
Stakeholder shared value creation: a strategic analysis of academic publishing and UK higher education in the context of developing digital technologies
Lawson, A., Ahmed, S. and Baranova, P. 2023. Stakeholder shared value creation: a strategic analysis of academic publishing and UK higher education in the context of developing digital technologies. The British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. Newcastle 06 - 08 Sep 2016 British Academy of Management (BAM).
12 Opportunities on the Journey to Net Zero
Paterson, F., Gallotta, B. and Baranova, P. 2023. 12 Opportunities on the Journey to Net Zero. Derby University of Derby. https://doi.org/10.48773/q2q60
Green Growth Trends in the East Midlands 2023
Baranova, P. 2023. Green Growth Trends in the East Midlands 2023. Derby Business Law and social Science at University of Derby. https://doi.org/10.48773/q19v4
Place-based business support towards net zero: enabling through the place-policy-practice nexus
Baranova, P. 2023. Place-based business support towards net zero: enabling through the place-policy-practice nexus. Journal of the British Academy. 11 (4), pp. 57-95. https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s4.057
Green Growth Trends in the East Midlands 2022
Baranova, P., Paterson, F. and Gallotta, B. 2022. Green Growth Trends in the East Midlands 2022. University of Derby Business Law and social Science at University of Derby.
Towards a conceptual framework of enterprise support for pro-environmental small and medium-sized enterprises: A contextualised review of diverse knowledge domains
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. 37 (3), pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/02690942221097373
Environmental capability development in a multi-stakeholder network setting: dynamic learning through multi-stakeholder interactions
Baranova, P. 2022. Environmental capability development in a multi-stakeholder network setting: dynamic learning through multi-stakeholder interactions. Business Strategy and the Environment. 2022, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3091
Green Jobs and Green Skills in the East Midlands
Paterson, Fred 2021. Green Jobs and Green Skills in the East Midlands. University of Derby.
Pro-environmental business and clean growth trends for the East Midlands 2021
Gallotta, Bruno, Paterson, Fred and Baranova, Polina 2021. Pro-environmental business and clean growth trends for the East Midlands 2021. University of Derby.
Innovation in Small & Medium Enterprises in São Paulo
Freitas, Adriano, Riascos, Luis, Andrade, Alexandre, Faco, Julio and Gallotta, Bruno 2021. Innovation in Small & Medium Enterprises in São Paulo. International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.
Pro-environmental business and clean growth trends for the East Midlands 2020
Paterson, Fred, Baranova, Polina and Gallotta, Bruno 2020. Pro-environmental business and clean growth trends for the East Midlands 2020. University of Derby.
Can local finance add value to local small business? Evidence from a UK local loan and grant fund
Cowling, Marc, Nadeem, Simon Peter, Foster, Carley and Baranova, Polina 2020. Can local finance add value to local small business? Evidence from a UK local loan and grant fund. International Review of Entrepreneurship.
Leadership and the low carbon economy
Paterson, Fred 2017. Leadership and the low carbon economy. in: Springer/ Palgrave Macmillan.
Configuration of enterprise support towards the clean growth challenge: A place-based perspective
Baranova, P., Paterson, F. and Gallotta, B. 2020. Configuration of enterprise support towards the clean growth challenge: A place-based perspective. Local Economy. 35 (4). https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094220956509
Competitiveness through responsible supply chains and resource efficiency: a regional outlook
Baranova, Polina and Paterson, Fred 2018. Competitiveness through responsible supply chains and resource efficiency: a regional outlook. University of Derby.
A typology of environmental capabilities of SMEs: uncovering capabilities for a transition towards sustainability.
Baranova, Polina 2018. A typology of environmental capabilities of SMEs: uncovering capabilities for a transition towards sustainability. British Academy of Management.
The influence of policy, public service and local politics on the shift to a low carbon economy in the East Midlands.
Pearce, Warren and Paterson, Fred 2017. The influence of policy, public service and local politics on the shift to a low carbon economy in the East Midlands. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
Using the Delphi method to verify a framework to implement sustainability initiatives.
Gallotta, Bruno, Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo and Anosike, Anthony 2018. Using the Delphi method to verify a framework to implement sustainability initiatives. IEOM Society.
Key skills and training needs of the D2N2 low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector
Paterson, Fred, Baranova, Polina, Neary, S., Hanson, Jill, Clarke, Lewis, Wond, Tracey, Lee, Amanda, Gill, J., Gallotta, Bruno, Eisen, Matthew and Nesterova, Iana 2018. Key skills and training needs of the D2N2 low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector. University of Derby.
Implementing sustainability initiatives in business processes
Gallotta, Bruno 2018. Implementing sustainability initiatives in business processes. PhD Thesis https://doi.org/10.48773/94178
Environmental capabilities of small and medium sized enterprises: Towards transition to a low carbon economy in the East Midlands
Baranova, P. 2017. Environmental capabilities of small and medium sized enterprises: Towards transition to a low carbon economy in the East Midlands. Local Economy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094217744494
Understanding the customer journey through the prism of service design methodology.
Baranova, Polina 2016. Understanding the customer journey through the prism of service design methodology. in: Routledge.
Transition to a low-carbon economy: On the cusp of emerging challenges and opportunities
Baranova, P. 2017. Transition to a low-carbon economy: On the cusp of emerging challenges and opportunities. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
The student experience initiatives in higher education: an occupational perspective.
Baranova, Polina 2017. The student experience initiatives in higher education: an occupational perspective. Society for Research into Higher Education.
Environmental capability of SMEs: Capability building towards a low carbon economy.
Baranova, Polina 2017. Environmental capability of SMEs: Capability building towards a low carbon economy. British Academy of Management.
Behavioural competencies of sustainability leaders: An empirical investigation
Knight, Beth and Paterson, Fred 2018. Behavioural competencies of sustainability leaders: An empirical investigation. Journal of Organizational Change Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-02-2017-0035
Engaging with environmental stakeholders: routes to building environmental capabilities in the context of the low-carbon economy
Baranova, P. 2017. Engaging with environmental stakeholders: routes to building environmental capabilities in the context of the low-carbon economy. Journal of Business Ethics: European Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/beer.12141
Transition to a low-carbon economy: An SME perspective
Baranova, P. and Conway, E. 2017. Transition to a low-carbon economy: An SME perspective. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
The transition to a low-carbon economy: A call for collaborative action towards the ʼnew normal’
Conway, E., Paterson, F. and Baranova, P. 2017. The transition to a low-carbon economy: A call for collaborative action towards the ʼnew normal’. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
A conceptual framework for the implementation of sustainability business processes
Gallotta, Bruno, Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo, Anosike, Anthony, Lim, Ming K. and Roberts, Ian 2016. A conceptual framework for the implementation of sustainability business processes. Proceedings of the 27th Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).