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Special Issue "Towards Resilient Entrepreneurship and Technological Development in Self-Sustainable Economies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nica Elvira

Dean, Faculty of Administration and Public Management, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Piata Romana Square, no.6, 1st District, Bucharest, Romania
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Interests: entrepreneurship; human resources management; procurement management; work motivation
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Teodor Sedlarski

Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria
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Interests: sustainable growth; green economics; investments; employment; macroeconomics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Popescu H. H. Gheorghe

The Doctoral School, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Piata Romana Square, no.6, 1st District, Bucharest, Romania
Director, Center for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, American Association for Economic Research, New York
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Phone: +40 723 313 111
Interests: macroeconomics; regional economics; resources economics and economic governance; sustainable development
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado

Director Cátedra Bancos de Alimentos, Universidad Politécnica De Madrid, GESPLAN Research Group. Planning and Management of Sustainable Rural-Local Development. Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, 28040, Spain
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Interests: sustainable development; green economics and investments; energy; production structures
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Demetri Kantarelis

Professor of Economics Department of Economics & Global Studies, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1296, USA
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Interests: managerial economics; investment analysis and portfolio management; industrial organization
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile

Doctoral School of Economics II, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Piata Romana Square, no.6, 1st District, Bucharest, Romania
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Interests: agricultural economics, sustainable development, open economy macroeconomics, resource productivity, agricultural model, rural paradigms, agricultural policies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Resilient entrepreneurship and technological development represent a dual, main research topic, with a wider impact on self-sustainable economies. In this context, resilient entrepreneurship is increasingly relying on new generation of economic growth stimulus, whilst still stimulating sustainable economic development. Such a growth is usually driven by green and smart entrepreneurs who are not only using green factors, such as comparative and competitive advantages in highly functional sustainable economies with open markets. They consider all the economic resources available, and use the most optimal combination in the production process and sustainable consumption, offering entrepreneurial solutions for achieving the best economic outcome in a highly competitive economy.

In this context, resilient entrepreneurship and technological development in self-sustainable economies are valuable research fields, and the need for finding proper solutions and pertinent conclusions is more than necessary.

However, research in resilient entrepreneurship and technological development in self-sustainable economies, to date, has been on entrepreneurial ventures, neglecting wider economic and social contexts within which they operate. This Special Issue addresses these wider networks of support and answers to such concerning subjects as how to ensure sustainable development of green entrepreneurship, attract investments, succeed on high-competitive markets and consider climate changes, resource paradigms, sustainable consumption, rural communities and environmental constraints for more environmentally-friendly products and services.

The main aim of this special issue is to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in area of resilient entrepreneurship and technological development in self-sustainable economies and its impacts on competitive markets.

The target audience of this Special Issue will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the fields of green economics, investments and entrepreneurship. The inputs will be shared with an international network of stakeholders, including research institutions, universities, and individual researches in such spheres as: Green development strategies, economic models and patterns, market economy, investments portfolio, administrative sciences and management, managerial techniques, sociology, and business theory.

We invite contributors to submit manuscripts with a high degree of novelty as full-length articles, reviews and conceptual papers, both theoretical and practical contributions, which focus on the influences of resilience on assuring regional sustainable economic growth. All submissions will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review procedure before publication with the aim of fast dissemination of the results.

Prof. Dr. Nica Elvira
Assoc. Prof. Teodor Sedlarski
Prof. Dr. Popescu H. Gheorghe
Prof. Dr. Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado
Prof. Dr. Demetri Kantarelis
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • resilient entrepreneurship
  • green economics and management
  • technological development
  • sustainability development
  • technological endeavor
  • relative and ecological economics
  • sustainable economies
  • integrative economic systems
  • resources productivity
  • multifunctional economic systems
  • capital investments
  • human resources

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Open AccessArticle Analysis of Corporate Entrepreneurship in Public R&D Institutions
Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2297; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072297
Received: 26 May 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 3 July 2018
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This paper aimed at establishing a Corporate Entrepreneurship diagnosis model within public R&D institutions. We based our analysis on empirical identification of a generalized set of organizational factors, perceived as intrapreneurship vectors. The quantitative research targeted 50 experienced public entities and was based
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This paper aimed at establishing a Corporate Entrepreneurship diagnosis model within public R&D institutions. We based our analysis on empirical identification of a generalized set of organizational factors, perceived as intrapreneurship vectors. The quantitative research targeted 50 experienced public entities and was based on validating one of the most popular psychometric instruments in the entrepreneurial literature: the Corporate Entrepreneurship Assessment Instrument (CEAI)—originally intended for the North American economic environment. As recent literature questioned the cross-cultural portability of psychometric instruments, this study intended to validate the five-factor intrinsic structure of CEAI. The five factors deduced by our statistical analysis were: support for opportunity investigations and reinforcement; dynamic environment and recognition; decreased formalization; knowledge sharing; time availability and strategic awareness. Next, the factor scores were used as input variables for a logistic regression procedure, with the output variable being the intrapreneurial value of the respondents’ institutions. Two factors contribute considerably to the predicted intrapreneurial value: support for opportunity investigations and reinforcement and decreased formalization. The validity of the whole approach is supported by the relevance of the original CEAI questionnaire, able to reveal intrapreneurial characteristics, and by the prediction power of the logistic regression model over the intrapreneurial propensity of public institutions. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Relationship between the Knowledge Economy and Global Competitiveness in the European Union
Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1706; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061706
Received: 3 April 2018 / Revised: 21 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 May 2018 / Published: 23 May 2018
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The main purpose of this paper is to study the influence of various indicators related to the knowledge economy on country competitiveness in the European Union (EU). Based on the Pearson coefficient and panel-data regression models, we analyzed the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)
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The main purpose of this paper is to study the influence of various indicators related to the knowledge economy on country competitiveness in the European Union (EU). Based on the Pearson coefficient and panel-data regression models, we analyzed the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) in relation to research and development (R&D) expenditure (as a % of gross domestic product (GDP)), percentage of population with tertiary education, lifelong learning, GDP per capita, and debt to equity. The findings highlighted the crucial role of both innovation and education as determinants of EU competitiveness and economic convergence. The development of EU policies regarding the lifelong learning possibilities of the European workforce and the focus on research and development activities can significantly contribute to the competiveness of EU member states. Full article
Open AccessArticle From Uncertainties to Successful Start Ups: A Data Analytic Approach to Predict Success in Technological Entrepreneurship
Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 602; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030602
Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 19 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
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Understanding uncertainties and assessing the risks surrounding business opportunities is essential to support the success of sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives launched on a daily basis. The contribution of this study is the identification of uncertainties surrounding opportunities in the opportunity evaluation stage of the
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Understanding uncertainties and assessing the risks surrounding business opportunities is essential to support the success of sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives launched on a daily basis. The contribution of this study is the identification of uncertainties surrounding opportunities in the opportunity evaluation stage of the entrepreneurial process and the examination of how the analysis and evaluation of uncertainty factors, with the help of data, can predict the future success of an organization. In the first phase, the uncertainty factors are classified based on their sources and we discuss the likely implications towards new venture success with the help of existing literatures. In the second phase, a success prediction model is implemented using machine learning techniques and strategic analysis. The model is trained in such a way that, when new data emerges, the qualitative data is transformed into quantitative data and the probability of success or failure is calculated as the result output in the pre-start-up phase. The method and findings would be relevant for nascent entrepreneurs and researchers focusing on sustainable technology entrepreneurship. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Sustainability, Transformational Leadership, and Social Entrepreneurship
Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 567; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020567
Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 19 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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This article examines the extent to which culturally endorsed transformational leadership theories (CLTs) and the sustainability of society, both considered societal level institutional indicators, impact the emergence of social entrepreneurship. Using 107,738 individual-level responses from 27 countries for the year 2009 obtained from
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This article examines the extent to which culturally endorsed transformational leadership theories (CLTs) and the sustainability of society, both considered societal level institutional indicators, impact the emergence of social entrepreneurship. Using 107,738 individual-level responses from 27 countries for the year 2009 obtained from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey, and supplementing with country-level data obtained from Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) and Sustainability Society Foundation (SSF), our findings from multilevel analysis show that transformational CLTs and sustainability conditions of society positively influence the likelihood of individuals becoming social entrepreneurs. Further, the effectiveness of transformational CLTs matters more for social entrepreneurship when the sustainability of society is low, which suggests the interaction between cultural leadership styles and societal sustainability. This article contributes to comparative entrepreneurship research by introducing strong cultural antecedents of social entrepreneurship in transformational CLTs and societal sustainability. We discuss various implications and limitations of our study, and we suggest directions for future research. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Europe 2020 Implementation as Driver of Economic Performance and Competitiveness. Panel Analysis of CEE Countries
Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020566
Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 9 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU strategy for sustainable and inclusive growth, for fighting the structural weaknesses of the European economies, and for improving their competitiveness. In this paper, we determined the most important ratios of the Europe 2020 Strategy impacting on
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The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU strategy for sustainable and inclusive growth, for fighting the structural weaknesses of the European economies, and for improving their competitiveness. In this paper, we determined the most important ratios of the Europe 2020 Strategy impacting on economic performance expressed as the growth of the GDP per capita, and on economic competitiveness expressed as the share of the countries’ exports in total world exports for some selected Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries (Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Romania) using co-integration tests and OLS panel estimations with a dataset between 2004 (after four of these selected countries acceded to EU) and 2015 (the latest available data for all the ratios we used in our analysis). Our findings show that the tertiary level of education is the most important factor, positively correlated with both endogenous variables mentioned above. Other important factors for achieving the economic performance and competitiveness goals are the school dropout ratio, the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption, and the employment rate. Full article
Open AccessArticle Market Intelligence Precursors for the Entrepreneurial Resilience Approach: The Case of the Romanian Eco-Label Product Retailers
Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010190
Received: 12 November 2017 / Revised: 2 January 2018 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
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The entrepreneurial resilience of eco-label product retailers emphasises their adaptive capability for renewal after the economic crisis. This paper explores the resilience of the market intelligence techniques adopted by the eco-label product retailers in order to contribute to sustainable development of this market
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The entrepreneurial resilience of eco-label product retailers emphasises their adaptive capability for renewal after the economic crisis. This paper explores the resilience of the market intelligence techniques adopted by the eco-label product retailers in order to contribute to sustainable development of this market in Romania. The research, conducted on a sample of Romanian retailers of eco-label products, analyses the main sources for gathering data about their competitors, the reasons for monitoring the strategic options of their competitors and the specific market intelligence techniques employed within the entrepreneurial resilience approach, aiming to overcome the negative crisis effects. The research outlines, from an entrepreneurial resilience perspective, several positioning opportunities of the eco-label product retailers after the crisis, which have affected the Romanian economy in the period 2008–2009 and have implicitly affected the eco-label market. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Empirical Study towards the Drivers of Sustainable Economic Growth in EU-28 Countries
Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010004
Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 18 December 2017 / Accepted: 19 December 2017 / Published: 21 December 2017
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This study aims at empirically investigating the drivers of sustainable economic growth in EU-28 countries. By means of panel data regression models, in the form of fixed and random effects models, alongside system generalized method of moments, we examine several drivers of real
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This study aims at empirically investigating the drivers of sustainable economic growth in EU-28 countries. By means of panel data regression models, in the form of fixed and random effects models, alongside system generalized method of moments, we examine several drivers of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, as follows: higher education, business environment, infrastructure, technology, communications, and media, population lifestyle, and demographic changes. As regards higher education, the empirical results show that expenditure per student in higher education and traditional 18–22 year-old students are positively linked with sustainable economic growth, whereas science and technology graduates negatively influence real GDP growth. In terms of business environment, total expenditure on research and development and employment rates of recent graduates contributes to sustainable development, but corruption perceptions index revealed a negative association with economic growth. As well, the results provide support for a negative influence of infrastructure abreast technological measures on economic growth. Besides, we found a negative connection between old-age dependency ratio and sustainable economic growth. Full article
Open AccessArticle Incentives for Developing Resilient Agritourism Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities in Romania in a European Context
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2205; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9122205
Received: 14 October 2017 / Revised: 25 November 2017 / Accepted: 26 November 2017 / Published: 29 November 2017
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In a global setting where the requirements for development equally address the economic viability but also social and environmental sustainability, the healthy and efficient growth of rural communities poses substantial challenges. Our paper focuses on specific conditions and constraints that influence the progress
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In a global setting where the requirements for development equally address the economic viability but also social and environmental sustainability, the healthy and efficient growth of rural communities poses substantial challenges. Our paper focuses on specific conditions and constraints that influence the progress of agritourism business initiatives as viable entrepreneurial solutions for self-sustainable rural communities in Romania. To assess the impact of economic, social and tourism-related factors on agritourism entrepreneurship for Romanian counties during 2010–2015 periods, we conducted several Ordinary Least Square regression models. The results emphasize that economic indicators like regional GDP and kilometers of national roads have a positive influence on the number of agritourism business units; also, a positive impact on agritourism entrepreneurship was identified for tourism-related factors like: number of employees and corresponding salaries in tourism, total tourists, share of tourism firms and their turnover in total firms and turnover of the region, as well as preference of tourists for agritourism. The conclusions highlight the direct link between resilient agritourism entrepreneurship and sustainable development of the region and open further research directions. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Environmental Tax Policy in Romania in the Context of the EU: Double Dividend Theory
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1986; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9111986
Received: 21 September 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 24 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
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In the last decade, environment protection gained much more significance in designing the economic policies in the European Union (EU) countries. There are many economic and policy differences between the European countries, despite of the harmonization process inside the EU area. The path
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In the last decade, environment protection gained much more significance in designing the economic policies in the European Union (EU) countries. There are many economic and policy differences between the European countries, despite of the harmonization process inside the EU area. The path of implementation of the environmental tax reforms in the EU countries differs greatly from one country to another and the effects of such taxation in the economic and environmental areas are manifold. The authors of this paper have agreed to undertake the task of testing the double dividend hypothesis of the environmental taxation in Romania (an energy-intensive country) versus the EU area as a whole, using Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) techniques and Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) estimations. Our findings show that this hypothesis is validated neither in Romania (in the economic growth area) nor in the EU area as a whole (in the unemployment area). Therefore, Romania cannot increase the level of the environmental tax for supporting economic growth, but it can grant environmental subsidies for decreasing the emissions and supporting the economic growth. This could be achieved by expanding the tax labor base and by collecting higher budgetary revenues to sustain such environmental subsidies. As far as the EU area is concerned, it is a necessary measure to continue the descending trend for the labor taxation to achieve the goal of improving the employment rate. Full article

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Open AccessReview A Chaos Theory Perspective on International Migration
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2355; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9122355
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 9 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 December 2017 / Published: 17 December 2017
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This paper aims at providing a different approach to international migration analysis, beyond classical models previously proposed by specialized literature. Chaos theory is getting more and more applied into macroeconomics once traditional linear models or even previous dynamic analysis become less suitable. Modern
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This paper aims at providing a different approach to international migration analysis, beyond classical models previously proposed by specialized literature. Chaos theory is getting more and more applied into macroeconomics once traditional linear models or even previous dynamic analysis become less suitable. Modern science sees chaos as unpredictable evolution, maybe even disorder. Still, chaos has got its own rules and can describe many dynamic phenomena within our world. Thus, we test whether international migration data falls under the rules of chaos and whether recent developments within the “European migration crisis” (the total daily migration inflows towards the coasts of Italy, by sea, from January 2014 to April 2017) could be described as chaotic. Full article
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