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Handbook of Research on Energy Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research on Energy Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Rolf Wüstenhagen and Robert Wuebker

This timely Handbook provides an excellent overview of our knowledge on the drivers, influencing factors and outcomes of energy entrepreneurship. As the world grapples with global resource crunches and fights to reap the rewards of new energy technologies, a wide space for entrepreneurial opportunity has emerged. The Handbook of Research on Energy Entrepreneurship offers critical insight on how nations the world over can make full use of those opportunities.

Chapter 2: Market Failure, Market Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Innovation by Environmental Ventures

Elizabeth Garnsey, Nicola Dee and Simon Ford

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, organisational innovation, technology and ict


Elizabeth Garnsey, Nicola Dee and Simon Ford 1 INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurial innovation is now recognized as an engine of change in the economy. Yet new entrant firms have made little innovative impact in utilities, construction, transport and heavy industry sectors, the major contributors to carbon emissions. Nor have larger companies in these sectors been able to innovate radically in the face of pressures to maintain short-term rates of return on capital.1 There is new interest from investors2 and policy makers3 in environmental ventures as changes unfold in the environmental arena. Academic work reflects awareness of these changes. For example, it has been argued that the prevalence of market failure provides a basis for viewing high carbon sectors as fertile with opportunities for entrepreneurs (Dean and McMullen, 2002, 2007; Cohen and Winn, 2007). This attention to environmental ventures is promising and suggests a new research agenda. But the neoclassical theory on which this recent work draws does not distinguish between market failures that obstruct entrepreneurs and those that provide a source of opportunity: both are attributed to the failure of perfect competition. To understand whether and how market failure provides business opportunities from environmental innovation, evidence is needed on the experience of enterprises launching innovative environmental technologies. Evidence can help operationalize constructs by showing what instances of market failures they encounter and how these affect their prospects. To have an impact on carbon emissions and their mitigation, a new company must not only commercialize environmental technology but grow the business sufficiently to...

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