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dc.contributor.authorKearins, Kate
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Eva Marie
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-21T03:20:03Z
dc.date.available2011-03-21T03:20:03Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationKearins, K. & Collins, E.M. (2011). Making sense of ecopreneurs' decisions to sell up. Business Strategy and the Environment, available online 14 March 2011.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/5185
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the phenomenon of values-based firms being sold to larger mainstream firms. Its focus is on the sensemaking rationale offered by a New Zealand ecopreneur who sold an organic beverage company after 20 years at the helm. The company case study is presented through two enterprise development narratives based on alternative sensemaking modes. Key values-related challenges arising in ecopreneurial business are identified, including (1) adhering to the founder's values, (2) growing the business sustainably, (3) deciding whether and when to expand ownership to cope with undercapitalization, (4) deciding who to bring in as new owners to ensure values alignment, (5) determining how and when the founder might leave and (6) ensuring the attractiveness of the sustainability values so that they might be retained. Other factors implicated in the sale of values-based firms are also postulated. It is argued that, although ecopreneurs might be accused of selling out their principles by selling up, there is some evidence that eco-brands are being maintained and that growth prospects could be improved after acquisition. Serial ecopreneurship may even extend social benefits.en_NZ
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherWileyen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bse.710/abstracten_NZ
dc.subjectecopreneurshipen_NZ
dc.subjectenterprise developmenten_NZ
dc.subjectsensemakingen_NZ
dc.titleMaking sense of ecopreneurs' decisions to sell upen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/bse.710en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfBusiness, Strategy and the Environmenten_NZ
pubs.begin-page71en_NZ
pubs.elements-id37536
pubs.end-page85en_NZ
pubs.issue2en_NZ
pubs.volume21en_NZ


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