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Perceptions of young entrepreneurial aspirants towards sustainable entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Bahadur Ali Soomro (Area Study Centre, Far East and Southeast Asia, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan)
Hassan K. Almahdi (College of Business Administration, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia)
Naimatullah Shah (College of Business Administration, Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Department of Public Administration, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 21 September 2020

Issue publication date: 13 July 2021




This paper aims to investigate the perceptions of young entrepreneurial aspirants towards sustainable entrepreneurship in Pakistan.


The study is based on descriptive and cross-sectional data collected using a survey questionnaire. The study’s respondents were students, all of whom were studying for their Master’s degree of Business Administration (MBA) at several Pakistani universities (both public and private sectors). A total of 412 usable cases were used to obtain the outcomes.


By using the structural equation modeling, the findings suggest a positive and significant impact of eco-friendly people, green marketing factors, changing consumer behaviour and favourable market conditions on sustainable entrepreneurship.

Practical implications

The study’s findings are beneficial in understanding the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship and the significant factors that may affect sustainable entrepreneurship along with the main components in social and business systems. Organizations can reinforce these factors to stimulate sustainable entrepreneurship in future studies. Thus, the study contributes to filling the research gap in the area of sustainable entrepreneurship.


To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to investigate and reveal young entrepreneurial aspirants’ perceptions on sustainable entrepreneurship. The findings help in understanding the sustainable entrepreneurship concept, particularly in a developing country.



Soomro, B.A., K. Almahdi, H. and Shah, N. (2021), "Perceptions of young entrepreneurial aspirants towards sustainable entrepreneurship in Pakistan", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 7, pp. 2134-2154.



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