Climate-Dependent Businesses

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PHD THESIS Pre PROPOSAL How sustainable entrepreneurs in climate threatened contexts utilize innovative business models? Samira Sahebalzamani Table of Contents 1.Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 1 2.Research questions ............................................................................................................... 2 3.Research Background .......................................................................................................... 2 4.Methodology ......................................................................................................................... 4 5.References .............................................................................................................................. 5 1 1. Introduction Climate change is likely to have long term impacts on tourism activities and related resources since it is arguably the most constant threat to global stability. Thus firms whose activities are more contributed to this vulnerable industry should monitor their contemporary business model features in order to capture sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities. In fact, radical innovations in business models as well as products, processes might be sparked when firms confront severe environmental changes. In other words, selecting, adjusting and improving of a business model is a complex art (Teece,2010). The new global environment has intensified the need to consider not only how to address more wisely customer needs (Wirtz, 2011), but also how to create value from introducing new products and services (Teece, 2010). Thus in real world, entrepreneurs should design and build business mod... ... middle of paper ... ...ed communities, developing countries are more vulnerable to environmental degradation as well as unintended economic development activities (Arrow et al.,1995). Communities which located in pacific Island are threatened by sea level rises progressively and violent tropical storms and high tides, as well as other disasters (Gray and Duncan, 2012; Uy et al., 2011) so there is an urgent need to utilize effective adaptation (IPCC, 2009). As a result, livelihoods in tourism might be increasingly threatened (Payet, 2007); and health is jeopardized after floods due to increased incidences of disease (Reid et al., 2007). Among others, food security is more threatened by climate change events, thus communities require essential resources and skills to adapt to change as well as robust livelihood strategies to enable people to absorb shocks stem from change (Uy et al., 2011).
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