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Special Issue "Environmentally Sustainable Competitive Strategies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ester Martínez-Ros

Dpto. Economía de la Empresa, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, C/Madrid 126, 20903 Getafe (Madrid), Spain
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Interests: economics of innovation; management of innovation; determinants of innovation and types of innovation; environmental innovation
Guest Editor
Dr. Effie Kesidou

Associate Professor in Applied Economics, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England
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Interests: economics of innovation; eco-innovations; economic geography; economic development; systems of innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, most businesses face the major challenge of drawing Environmentally Sustainable Competitive Strategies; namely, strategies that allow businesses to sustain their competitiveness and minimize their environmental impact. This is due to pressures from governments that are making regulations more stringent, and also from changing consumer habits and purchasing decisions towards more environmentally-friendly products and services.

There is growing research on environmentally sustainable strategies; yet, diverse literature approaches the issue from different angles. On the one hand, the literature on environmental innovations (the terms “green innovation” or eco-innovation are used often interchangeably) identifies strategies that focus on new environmental technologies that modify products or processes in a way that reduces pollution. On the other hand, the literature on environmental management systems points out strategies that focus on environmental organizational or managerial processes (such as ISO14001) that allow firms to manage their relationship with the environmental in a systematic way. Yet, these two strands of literature are oftentimes disengaged. We believe that a synthesis and communication between both approaches is crucial for drawing Environmentally Sustainable Competitive Strategies.

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing approaches and tools for assessing and improving the SMEs sustainability of business performance. Research papers address the phenomena of corporate success on sustainability that require comprehensive strategies that extend to all aspects of the business (1) the corporate board; (2) employees; (3) suppliers; and (4) consumers. Covered topics should relate to the SMEs business performance, including employment creation, success on business sales, etc. Topics include the definition of the concept of sustainable strategies, the identification of internal factors affecting sustainable business performance, measurement tools for assessing sustainable strategies, principles guiding the design of sustainable strategies, challenges to consider when implementing changes for increasing success of sustainable strategies, consumers' sustainable strategies, information systems for supporting the sustainability strategies, management of suppliers’ sustainable strategies, among others. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications

This Special Issue on “Environmentally Sustainable Competitive Strategies” fills an important gap in the literature. We encourage original submissions and we will welcome papers that relate to, but are not limited to, the following themes:
  • Sustainable competitive strategies of large versus SMEs
  • Technological innovation strategies that improve sustainability
  • Environmental management systems
  • Consumers’ and suppliers’ sustainable strategies
  • Types of environmental innovations to encourage sustainable strategies

Prof. Dr. Ester Martínez-Ros
Dr. Effie Kesidou
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.


  • sustainable strategies;
  • internal sustainable factors;
  • design of sustainable strategies;
  • consumers’ sustainable strategies;
  • suppliers’ sustainable strategies;
  • information systems for sustainable businesses;
  • environmental management systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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