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Being pro‐environmentally oriented SMEs

Understanding the entrepreneur's explicit and implicit power motives

by Radityo Putro Handrito, Hendrik Slabbinck, Johanna Vanderstraeten


  • We explore the relation between the personal motives of the entreprneurs and the environmental sustainability orientation (ESO) of their SMEs.

  • We focus on the enterpreneurs' implicit and explicit power motives.

  • Both explicit and implicit power motives play a significant role in the SME's ESO.

  • A high level of ESO is obtained when the entrepreneur is motivated either by explicit power or implicit power (i.e., power motives discrepancy).


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