Characteristics of the leaders of social and environmental enterprises in Latin America and the relationship with the success of their businessesCaracterísticas de los líderes de emprendimientos sociales y ambientales en América Latina y la relación con el éxito de sus negociosCaracterísticas dos líderes de empreendedorismos sociais e ambientais em América Latina e a relação com o sucesso de seus negócios

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Purpose: This study aims to understand the leadership characteristics of founders of social and environmental enterprises in Latin America who have achieved business success with a focus on sustainability despite difficult social, economic, political and even health contexts in which they live. Design/methodology/approach: This nonexperimental research is a qualitative, descriptive and exploratory study. Twenty-one in-depth interviews were conducted with social/environmental entrepreneurs of the Kunan Network (an organization that groups the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peru). Findings: The study analyzes the leadership profile and characteristics of entrepreneurs who have created profitable businesses with a social/environmental focus that solve relevant social problems and contribute to improving people’s quality of life and caring for the environment. Research limitations/implications: Although only 21 business leaders with outstanding participation and positive social and environmental impact were included in this study, they were supported and recognized by the Kunan Network. Originality/value: The study contributed to the conceptualization and understanding of the profile of leaders of social and environmental enterprises, whose main challenges are to solve social or environmental problems of society and contribute to improving the quality of life of people and the environment. Knowing the profile of these entrepreneurs generates value to the knowledge of the subject and contributes to understand and propose strategies to improve the ecosystem of social-environmental entrepreneurship in emerging countries such as Peru. This will contribute to the creation of relationships and alliances with various social actors: public, private, third sector, academia, among others, for the management and promotion of sustainable business.

Original languageEnglish
JournalManagement Research
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StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Alliances
  • Environmental impact
  • Social business
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social impact

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