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Characteristics of the leaders of social and environmental enterprises in Latin America and the relationship with the success of their businesses

Julianna Paola Ramirez Lozano (CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Lima, Peru and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru)
Percy Samoel Marquina Feldman (CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Lima, Peru and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru)
Renato Peñaflor Guerra (MBA Program, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola Escuela de Posgrado, Lima, Peru)

Management Research

ISSN: 1536-5433

Article publication date: 20 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand the leadership characteristics of founders of social and environmental enterprises in Latin America who have achieved business success with a focus on sustainability despite difficult social, economic, political and even health contexts in which they live.

Design/methodology/approach

This nonexperimental research is a qualitative, descriptive and exploratory study. Twenty-one in-depth interviews were conducted with social/environmental entrepreneurs of the Kunan Network (an organization that groups the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peru).

Findings

The study analyzes the leadership profile and characteristics of entrepreneurs who have created profitable businesses with a social/environmental focus that solve relevant social problems and contribute to improving people’s quality of life and caring for the environment.

Research limitations/implications

Although only 21 business leaders with outstanding participation and positive social and environmental impact were included in this study, they were supported and recognized by the Kunan Network.

Originality/value

The study contributed to the conceptualization and understanding of the profile of leaders of social and environmental enterprises, whose main challenges are to solve social or environmental problems of society and contribute to improving the quality of life of people and the environment. Knowing the profile of these entrepreneurs generates value to the knowledge of the subject and contributes to understand and propose strategies to improve the ecosystem of social-environmental entrepreneurship in emerging countries such as Peru. This will contribute to the creation of relationships and alliances with various social actors: public, private, third sector, academia, among others, for the management and promotion of sustainable business.

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Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the collaboration of KUNAN-Peru Sostenible in this research.

Citation

Ramirez Lozano, J.P., Marquina Feldman, P.S. and Peñaflor Guerra, R. (2024), "Characteristics of the leaders of social and environmental enterprises in Latin America and the relationship with the success of their businesses", Management Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRJIAM-02-2023-1382

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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