Why do sustainable ventures fail to attract management talent?

Neil Aaron Thompson*, Roosje Eijkemans

*Corresponding author for this work

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Entrepreneurship is widely recognized to play a crucial role in transitioning societies towards sustainability, yet sustainable ventures often have difficulty in attracting talentedmanagement employees that are necessary to scale their sustainable opportunities. This study examined 19 qualitative interviews with three interviewgroups (human resourcemanagers of sustainable ventures, recently hired employees at sustainable ventures, andmanagement professionals looking for employment opportunities) to explain the impediments of attractingmanagement talent andwhat competitive advantages sustainable ventures may have in the labourmarket. We discuss howthese findings have theoretical and practical implications for scholars and sustainable entrepreneurs by drawing out a number of ways that sustainable ventures may attract management professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4319
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018


  • Competitive advantage
  • Human resources
  • Management professionals
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship


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