Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Topic Leader: Thomas Kochan

There is wide recognition that entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the economy and that a substantial number of new jobs are created by start-up firms. While some of these new firms grow, prosper and eventually become major sources of innovation and employment, many others that look promising do not survive and grow into sustainable organizations.


Moreover, small- to medium-size firms, on average, pay lower wages and benefits and provide less training than larger firms while others introduce new practices that spur innovations in employment relations. EPRN seeks to better understand and disseminate to policy makers, current business and organization leaders, and future entrepreneurs research-based information, analysis, and commentary on the critical job-creation and job-quality issues needed to increase the probability that entrepreneurial start-ups will survive, grow, prosper, and generate high-quality jobs.

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The EPRN began with generous grants from the Rockefeller, Russell Sage, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundations


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