Eco-socio innovation: Underpinning sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation
Since the turn of the century, there has been a growing interest in both 'environmental' (e.g. Kirkwood and Walton 2010a, 2010b; Walley et al. 2010) and 'sustainable' entrepreneurship (Cohen and Winn 2007; Dean and McMullen 2007; Hall et al. 2010; Pacheco et al. 2010). Although the topic remains under-theorized and is largely disconnected from other mainstream literatures, public and practitioner attention, concern and relevance remains high. There is a need to address both the lack of empirical evidence that currently exists and the general absence of conceptual developments in this field of study (Thompson and Scott 2010). Within the market economy, and especially in relation to financial incentives, there has been less governmental interest and influence than one might expect given the growing public attention given to these issues.