Identifying environmental and economic development factors in sustainable entrepreneurship over time by partial least squares (PLS)

PLoS One. 2020 Sep 4;15(9):e0238462. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238462. eCollection 2020.


This study analyses the impact of environmental and economic factors consolidation on sustainable entrepreneurship over time. A model is proposed that analyses the relations between these factors and sustainable entrepreneurship over time with sustainable development goals performances and the continuation of the businesses index as variables. Using data from 50 countries, a quantitative method based on partial least squares was applied to validate the proposed model. Our findings showed positive and significant relations between environmental and economic factors with sustainable entrepreneurship over time. This implies that the countries which invest more efforts to consolidate their economic and environmental factors obtain higher durability rates for their sustainable entrepreneurship.

MeSH terms

  • Commerce
  • Economic Development / trends
  • Economics / trends*
  • Entrepreneurship / economics*
  • Entrepreneurship / trends*
  • Environment
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Investments
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Sustainable Development / trends

Grants and funding

The author(s) received no specific funding for this work.