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Entrepreneurship Psychology, CSR, and Sustainability

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A lot of research has been done to understand how to acquire the sustainability of the firms, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been embedded to demonstrate its advantages towards firms’ sustainability. This quest of ideas has brought academics and organizational theorists towards the threshold of ...

A lot of research has been done to understand how to acquire the sustainability of the firms, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been embedded to demonstrate its advantages towards firms’ sustainability. This quest of ideas has brought academics and organizational theorists towards the threshold of psychological aspects of organizations.

Psychology of entrepreneurship is an emerging area within the psychology field, that aims to comprehend how entrepreneurs approach the dynamic environment of business. The five psychological aspects of this field, namely career perspective, personal differences, health and well-being, cognition and behavior, and entrepreneurship leadership, are interlinked with an organizational internal mechanism which ultimately boosts the performance.
Specifically, the cognition and behavior aspect of entrepreneurship psychology illustrates the cognition of entrepreneurs while taking a decision, while the entrepreneurship leadership aspect contemplates the relation between entrepreneurs and employees.

In their 2018 studies, Arena and colleagues found that even CEO hubris also indicates that they are orientated towards environmental orientation. This example shows that these psychological aspects are also related to firms’ sustainability and CSR. Therefore, by analyzing the psychological behavior of individual entrepreneurs, we will be able to find psychological factors which orientate the entrepreneur to attain sustainability and take drastic steps for CSR.

Prior research has studied entrepreneur traits on sustainability and CSR, but they have neglected specific types of psychological factors, for example, whether to mitigate the uncertainty by bringing new changes among entrepreneurs. Specifically, there is a need for a novel approach to contemplate the intensity of responsibility among employees and entrepreneurs, which can be interlinked with sustainability and CSR.
Additionally, entrepreneurial leadership promotes a strong interaction between entrepreneurs and employees and therefore facilitates the entrepreneur's growth. To achieve this goal, entrepreneurs should take drastic steps to attain sustainability.

Examples of topics that illustrate the scope of this Research Topic are:
• Nascent entrepreneurship and new venture creation
• Management development and learning in smaller businesses
• Enterprise and entrepreneurship education, learning and careers
• Role of cognition in entrepreneurship
• Management and transition in smaller, growing and family-owned enterprises
• Entrepreneurial teams, management, and organizations

For this Research Topic, we welcome manuscripts that showcase unique empirical strategies and novel data sources. Additionally, we welcome articles that develop novel theoretical and philosophical contributions and/or integrates findings and theories across multiple disciplines. Some research questions that might be addressed include:
• How is the comparison between entrepreneurship psychology among emerging markets and the developed country?
• What is the role culture of entrepreneurship psychology?
• How can entrepreneurship psychology be interlinked with CSR?
• Is the role of corporate governance intensified under the umbrella of entrepreneurship psychology?
• Can we measure responsibility among employees and an entrepreneur?
• What is the connection between cognition and behavior of entrepreneurs to their firms’ sustainability?
• Does organizational behavior differ from entrepreneurship psychology? If yes, which is a better vehicle for boosting CSR and sustainability?
• Are cognitive entrepreneurs over-optimistic? If so, would this result in detrimental effects on organizational sustainability?
• What are the essential aspects of entrepreneurial growth?
• What are the global and cultural impacts of the psychology of entrepreneurship in entrepreneurial orientation?


Keywords: Business Ethics, Sustainable Business Development, Corporate governance, organizational psychology, Organization Behavior, Enviroment, entrepreneruship psychology


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