Title: Conceptualising the transformational power of entrepreneurship from an entrepreneurial ecosystems perspective focusing on environmentally and socially inclusive economic growth

Authors: Esin Yoruk; Andrew Johnston; Gideon Maas; Paul Jones

Addresses: School of Strategy and Leadership, ICTE – International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, CBiS – Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK ' ICTE – International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK ' ICTE – International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK ' School of Management, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Swansea, UK

Abstract: This paper focuses on the philosophy of transformational entrepreneurship and explores what role entrepreneurial ecosystems fulfil within that to stimulate environmentally and socially inclusive growth. It first examines the past and current contributions in the entrepreneurship literature. Then, it considers the current debate on the transformative power of entrepreneurship and how it can be best utilised for creation of sustainable socio-economic growth via diverse forms of entrepreneurship and interdependencies between entrepreneurial actions and functions at different income levels. From this basis, this research contributes to the recent literature on transformational effects of entrepreneurship by providing novel insights into the role entrepreneurial ecosystems fulfil in transforming societies.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; transformation; transformational entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial ecosystems; low-income economies; middle-income economies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2022.121476

International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2022 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.192 - 220

Received: 15 Jun 2021
Accepted: 25 Aug 2021

Published online: 10 Mar 2022 *

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