Toward a conceptual framework for responsible entrepreneurship: A Deweyan perspective

Article de colloque


État de publication: Publiée (2019 )

Titre des actes: 79th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management

Lieu: Boston, États-Unis


Résumé: In this paper, we present a definition and conceptualisation of responsible entrepreneurship, which we situate at the micro-level of the entrepreneurial action, comprising both decision-making and acting. The conception of responsible entrepreneurship proposed here indeed refers to the agency of project leaders, i.e., their ability to control and regulate their actions. In this view, responsible entrepreneurship does not refer to any specific kind of project or project leader, e.g. one with particularly laudable social or environmental goals. Based on a Deweyan perspective, responsible entrepreneurship is rather conceived of as an entrepreneurial decision-making process. The interest of this paper is to lay the foundation for a conceptualization of entrepreneurship responding to the current concerns of sustainable development. It also makes it possible to balance entrepreneurship, generally associated with economic considerations, with other global considerations, such as those related to ethics, society and the environment. Altogether, the proposed framework of responsible entrepreneurship is not meant to be prescriptive, but rather to describe an entrepreneurial process that incorporates both awareness and responsibility.