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dc.contributor.advisorKittler, Markus-
dc.contributor.advisorBall, Robert-
dc.contributor.authorOutsios, Georgios-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis contributes to our knowledge on the emergence of environmental entrepreneurs. The study is guided by the research question, “how do UK environmental entrepreneurs start to form their distinctive environmental entrepreneurial thinking” and analyses the development of the environmental entrepreneurial mindset in the UK, through a theory of practice perspective. Based on a three-stage data collection process (preliminary focus group, semi-structured interviews and life stories), the study (1) conceptualises the construction of the environmental entrepreneurial mindset, (2) investigates the experiences of constraints for practice and (3) analyses differences in habitus and constraints on the basis of the sampling dimensions, type (social environmental and commercial) and gender (male and female). The study was undertaken under a social constructivist perspective and follows the naturalistic paradigm (Guba, 1978). The rigour (or trustworthiness) of the qualitative approach has been established according to perspectives by Mason (2001) and Guba and Lincoln (1985). The empirical basis of the study is comprised of a three stage design of discursive interviews, involving overlapping collective (focus group) and individual (life stories, in-depth interviews) data collection techniques, with a partly gathering structure (through semi-structured questions). A preliminary focus group identified key themes relevant to the study’s objectives and the concepts of the theory of practice (field, capital, and habitus). Three life stories refined the themes and analysed them within the context of entrepreneurs’ lives. The two stages enabled the development of questions targeting themes for the in-depth interviews and the cross case content analysis. For sampling purposes, the Maximum Variation Sampling (MVS) strategy was employed, which enabled identification and analysis of common and divergent themes (Miller & Crabtree, 1999) and by over-coming the limitations of the sample size, it provided a conditional representativeness. The findings show that environmental entrepreneurs accumulate divergent forms of cultural, social and economic capital, which shapes their entrepreneurial and environmental mindsets, triggering the creation of a disposition (habitus) towards setting up an environmental enterprise. Studying the formation of the environmental entrepreneurial mindset addresses a relevant knowledge gap and offers theoretical and methodological contributions. It also confers implications for practice, with a particular reference to entrepreneurial education and policymaking.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectEnvironmental entrepreneursen_GB
dc.subjectSustainable entrepreneursen_GB
dc.subjectEnvironmental entrepreneurial mindseten_GB
dc.subjectGender and sustainable entrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subjectSocial and Commercial entrepreneursen_GB
dc.subjectEnvironmental entrepreneurial habitusen_GB
dc.subjectSustainable entrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subjectSustainable entrepreneurial habitusen_GB
dc.subjectSustainable entrepreneurial mindseten_GB
dc.subjectBourdieu's Theory of Practice and sustainable entrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subject.lcshEconomic development Environmental aspectsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshIndustrial management|xEnvironmental aspectsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshRenewable energy sources Economic aspectsen_GB
dc.titleThe emergence of UK environmental entrepreneurs: A practice theory view on mindset and constraintsen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonFor publication purposes and because the thesis includes three Life Stories which contain private information about the interviewees.en_GB
dc.contributor.affiliationStirling Management Schoolen_GB
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