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Exploring entrepreneurial processes in new markets : towards sustainable food systems

Astner, Hanna (2022). Exploring entrepreneurial processes in new markets : towards sustainable food systems. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-931-5
eISBN 978-91-7760-932-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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The aim of this thesis is to explore how entrepreneurial processes work in the creation and development of new markets. New markets are business environments in an early stage of formation and offer an opportunity to change patterns of consumption and production. This makes new markets an interesting subject in society’s quest towards more sustainable food systems. Therefore, we need to better understand the processes through which new markets are created and developed. This thesis studied the emergence of the Swedish meal-kit market, which was initiated to target sustainable values. The empirical material was gathered through a qualitative longitudinal study that was conducted between 2010 and 2018 and the main source of empirical material was interviews with the founders and managers of ten firms. The analysis was performed in a process that iterated between empirics and theory. The thesis contributes to an understanding of the micro-processes involved within and between founders, firms and markets, as new markets are created and developed. The processes are explained as embeddedness, identity work and branding, which all capture the interactions with context. It is argued that to better understand why and how entrepreneurship happens, we need to balance the myopic focus on economic values and also focus on other entrepreneurial outcomes than a firm’s success. Thus, the thesis call for more contextualized perspectives of entrepreneurship in order to understand sustainable change in new markets.

Authors/Creators:Astner, Hanna
Title:Exploring entrepreneurial processes in new markets : towards sustainable food systems
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2022
Number of Pages:130
Publisher:Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-931-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-932-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:Agency, Context, Corporate branding, Embeddedness, Entrepreneurship, Food, Identity work, Meal-kit company, Sustainable value, Sweden
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ID Code:27587
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:21 Apr 2022 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:06 May 2022 23:30

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