Legitimacy of Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development Debates

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Kibler, Ewald, Assistant Prof., Aalto University, Department of Management Studies, Finland
dc.contributor.author Salmivaara, Virva
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-15T10:02:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-15T10:02:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-7676-8 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-7675-1 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4942 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (ISSN-L)
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/28734
dc.description.abstract This dissertation seeks to advance research at the nexus of entrepreneurship and sustainable development by moving the analysis from particular enterprises to entrepreneurship as a societal phenomenon. It shifts our focus away from entrepreneurs themselves to those who assess the relevance of entrepreneurship for the pursuit of sustainable development. In order to better understand the legitimacy of entrepreneurship as a means for sustainable development in different societal contexts, this dissertation addresses three important questions: what is expected from entrepreneurship in sustainable development, where it is valued as a solution for social problems, and how it is legitimised in a local context.  Paper 1 explores what is expected from entrepreneurship in connection to sustainable development. It applies Toulmin's rhetoric theory to reveal the implicit legitimacy assumptions in European Union policy texts. The findings explain in which ways entrepreneurship is considered legitimate and for what exactly in the policy argumentation. Paper 2 investigates where entrepreneurship is valued as a solution for solving social problems by conducting a quantitative analysis across 11 different capitalist welfare states within and beyond Europe. The results present legitimacy-enhancing and legitimacy-diminishing political-institutional conditions in which groups of national experts prefer entrepreneurial solutions over those provided by the state or civil society organisations. Paper 3 theorises how entrepreneurship becomes accepted as a means for sustainable development in a local community. It develops an integrative, theoretical framework for understanding community transformation through (the legitimation of) community enterprising endeavours.  The dissertation contributes to both academia and policy-making by illuminating the ideological, political and social origins of the legitimacy of entrepreneurship as a means for sustainable development. It carries out research at three societal levels and offers initial insight for the further development of a multilevel view on the legitimacy of entrepreneurship in sustainable development debates. en
dc.format.extent 95 + app. 111
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 204/2017
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 1]: Salmivaara, Virva. Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development – Legitimacy Assumptions in the European Union’s Policy Rhetoric. The full text of this publication is available only in the printed version of the dissertation.
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 2]: Kibler, Ewald; Salmivaara, Virva; Stenholm, Pekka; Terjesen, Siri. The Evaluative Legitimacy of Social Entrepreneurship in Capitalist Welfare Systems. The full text of this publication is available only in the printed version of the dissertation.
dc.relation.haspart [Publication 3]: Salmivaara, Virva. Community Enterprising and Community Transformation: Towards an Integrative Framework. The full text of this publication is available only in the printed version of the dissertation.
dc.subject.other Entrepreneurship en
dc.title Legitimacy of Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development Debates en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword sustainable entrepreneurship en
dc.subject.keyword social entrepreneurship en
dc.subject.keyword rhetoric en
dc.subject.keyword policy en
dc.subject.keyword community development en
dc.subject.keyword sustainability en
dc.subject.keyword legitimacy en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-7676-8
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.opn Nicholls, Alex, Prof., University of Oxford, UK
dc.rev Nicholls, Alex, Prof., University of Oxford, UK
dc.rev Lyon, Fergus, Prof., Middlesex University, UK


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