From sustainability to thrivability: A novel framework for entrepreneurial ecosystems

Sara Moggi, Paul Pierce, Nicole Bernardi

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The present research proposes a theoretical framework for a thrivable entrepreneurial ecosystem in which thrivability is a novel entrepreneurship approach that embeds a comprehensive view in which sustainability is ‘the way to walk’ rather than the goal to reach. A thrivable entrepreneurial ecosystem aims to create prosperity through ecosystem resource (re)generation and transformation to define long-term economic goals. The framework is applied here to address the grand challenge of sustainable development in wineries. A local wine ecosystem in Italy is employed as a case study supported by mix-method-based, in-depth data collection (survey and interview). Results from the study support the idea that organizations can collaborate in a thrivable entrepreneurial ecosystem as a unique entity respectful of nature, driving economic viability of both firms and territories by improving quality of life, and caring for natural resources and local communities. This novel entrepreneurial approach may represent a turning point for facing increasingly grand business challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-853
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Issue number2
Early online date2021 Nov 25
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration

Free keywords

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Thrivability


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