Special Issue "Sustainability in SMEs"
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: 30 September 2018
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera
The Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing competitiveness and sustainability in SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to simultaneously improve their environmental and organizational performance. Research papers address those concerns linked to: (1) ecological impact by SMEs; (2) environmental strategies in SMEs; (3) relationship between environmental and organizational performance in SMEs; (4) specific characteristics of environmental management in SMEs; (5) barriers towards developed environmental approaches in SMEs; and (e) ways of fostering the most developed environmental strategies in SMEs. Covered topics include the identification of the most usual environmental strategies in SMEs, the reasons which explain that choice, the external factors (environmental stakeholders, clients, suppliers, government, etc.), which foster the environmental development in SMEs, the integration between environmental issues and manufacturing strategy in SMEs, the role of managers to develop the environmental approaches in SMEs, the organizational status of environmental issues in SMEs, among others. Papers selected for the Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of quick and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera
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.
- environmental management
- environmental performance
- environmental strategy
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Sustainability Reporting & Performance Measurement Systems: How do Small and Medium-sized Benefit Corporations Manage the Integration?
Authors: Del Baldo Mara 1 and Nigri Giorgia 2
Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer of: Economics of Sustainability and Accountability; Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Department of Economics, Society and Politics, School of Economics, University of Urbino (Italy), firstname.lastname@example.org
2 PhD Candidate LUMSA, email@example.com
Abstract: Benefit Corporations and B Corps represent alternative models of enterprise, often referred as ‘hybrid companies’, that bridge the for-profit and not-for-profit model (Alcorn & Alcorn 2012; Hiller, 2013; Nicholas, 2017). Italy is the first country outside the USA to pass Benefit Corporation legislation (Law 28, 2015) and introduce the Società Benefit (Nigri et al., 2017; Castellini et al., 2017). A large number of Italian B Corp are small sized companies, since SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), are widespread within the entrepreneurial fabric, whose generally relevance in the socio-economic context (Smallbone & Wyer, 2000; Dobbs & Hamilton, 2007; Amorós et al., 2013) has been generally recognized.
One of the most relevant issues that characterize the emerging debate on B Corps is how such companies, especially if characterized by a limited dimension, and affected by a shortage of financial and human resources - manage their dual mission, integrate social and environmental goals in their business model and handle accountability.
Starting from these premises, the paper focuses on Benefit Corporation performance measurement systems adopted by SMEs and investigates if sustainability, environmental, social, financial and risk performance indicators integrate into an overall performance management system, towards a sustainability performance management system (Schaltegger and Figge, 2000; Morioka and Carvalho, 2016b). More specifically, the research seeks to analyze if small B Corps have genuinely come up with a single form of measurement, which also functions as guidance for management and as a standard for reporting. To achieve this goal seven cross-sector semi-structured interviews were conducted in small Italian B Corps and triangulated with published reports and structured documents.
Title: Sustainability and Business Outcomes in the Context of SMEs: Comparing Familiar Vs Non-Familiar Firms
Authors and Affiliations: López-Pérez, María Eugenia (Qosit consulting)
Melero-Polo, Iguacel (firstname.lastname@example.org)/ University of Zaragoza
Vázquez-carrasco, Rosario (email@example.com)/ University Pablo de Olavide
Cambra-Fierro, Jesús (firstname.lastname@example.org)/ University Pablo de Olavide
Abstract: Society is more demanding towards sustainable and social responsible business practices. Therefore, the concept of sustainability has become a cornerstone to understand the success of many firms in the current competitive context. However, the context of SMEs has received little attention yet. In order to solve this gap this article analyses the links between sustainability practices and business outcomes—both financial and non-financial (i.e. image and reputation)—for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). In addition, we also attempt to analyze the potential differences between familiar and non-familiar firms by determine whether the impact of such relationships is moderated by the firms` structure of property.
To this end, we carry out a quantitative study using PLS techniques to analyze a sample of SME owners and managers, with a view to test the proposed model in the light of the Stewardship Theory and Socioemotional Wealth Theory. In this sense, our study is pioneering in that it aims to determine—from a quantitative viewpoint—the degree to which the firm structure of property has a moderating impact on a series of relevant sustainability-driven outcomes. The data suggest that, in SME contexts, sustainability impacts corporate reputation, brand image and financial value of the company. Importantly, we find that structure of property moderates the links between sustainability and business outcomes. Hence, our findings have important implications for sustainability implementation in SME contexts. Finally, we provide a series of guidelines aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of sustainability-based business practices.
Keywords: sustainability; CSR; firm value; SMEs; familiar Vs non-familiar firm