Subsistence Entrepreneurship

The Interplay of Collaborative Innovation, Sustainability and Social Goals

  • Vanessa Ratten
  • Paul Jones
  • Vitor Braga
  • Carla Susana Marques

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Vanessa Ratten, Paul Jones, Vitor Braga, Carla Susana Marques
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jerry Kolo, Nnamdi O. Madichie, Chris H. Mbah
    Pages 17-32
  4. Elisa Baraibar-Diez, María D. Odriozola, Ignacio Llorente, José Luis Fernández Sánchez
    Pages 51-67
  5. Scott Weaven, Lorelle Frazer, Mark Brimble, Kerry Bodle, Maurice Roussety, Park Thaichon
    Pages 69-87
  6. Talis J. Putnins, Arnis Sauka, Adriana Ana Maria Davidescu
    Pages 89-130
  7. Adriana Ana Maria Davidescu, Friedrich Schneider
    Pages 155-181
  8. Agnessa Shpakova, Viktor Dörfler, Jill MacBryde
    Pages 183-194
  9. Robyn Young, Lorelle Frazer, Scott Weaven, Maurice Roussety, Park Thaichon
    Pages 195-213
  10. Janette Timms, Lorelle Frazer, Scott Weaven, Park Thaichon
    Pages 215-237

About this book


This book focuses on the role of subsistence entrepreneurs in creating social and sustainable business opportunities on the global marketplace. Subsistence entrepreneurs use scarce resources to create new business opportunities, often in developing or emerging economies. In addition, subsistence entrepreneurship is increasingly being used as a way to facilitate market entry for small and medium-sized business enterprises that focus on collaborative innovation. The interdisciplinary contributions gathered here will expand readers’ understanding of the nature and characteristics of subsistence entrepreneurs, as well as the challenges they face. The central connection between subsistence, sustainability and social entrepreneurship is also explored.



Research on subsistence entrepreneurship Sustainable entrepreneurship policies Environmental and ecological entrepreneurship Collaborative innovation models for small business Entrepreneurship vs. self-employment in emerging markets Barriers to entry for small businesses Ethical and social aspects of entrepreneurship

Editors and affiliations

  • Vanessa Ratten
    • 1
  • Paul Jones
    • 2
  • Vitor Braga
    • 3
  • Carla Susana Marques
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and MarketingLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.ICTECoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  3. 3.Polytechnic Institute of PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto DouroVila RealPortugal

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