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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

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera

Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad de Oviedo, Avda. del Cristo s/n, 33071 Oviedo (Asturias), Spain
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Interests: environmental management; technology and innovation management; human resource management; entrepreneurship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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 (as an example of a Special Issue website, you can access:
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/eco-innovation_and_competitiveness)

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera
Guest Editor

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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.

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Keywords

  • environmental management
  • SMEs
  • competitiveness
  • environmental performance
  • eco-innovation
  • environmental strategy

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Open AccessArticle The Effects of Government Support on Corporate Performance Hedging against International Environmental Regulation
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1980; doi:10.3390/su9111980
Received: 11 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
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Government support systems are crucial for export SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) to cope with growing international environmental regulations. However, empirical studies show a limited research area to explore the performance of export SMEs with the help of government support systems to meet
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Government support systems are crucial for export SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) to cope with growing international environmental regulations. However, empirical studies show a limited research area to explore the performance of export SMEs with the help of government support systems to meet international environmental regulations. This study draws implications on the relationship between government support and corporate performance on export SMEs between two countries: Korea and China. Based on 350 samples from Korea and 320 from China, we diagnosed government supports most positively affects corporate performances in the area of eco-innovation. While education, certificate, and tax supports were less pressing areas to support, no significance was found in information support. Furthermore, we found that eco-innovation is the strongest motive to accelerate corporate performance. Finally, the support of Chinese government on firms seems to be more affective when compared to Korean government support. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in SMEs)
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Open AccessArticle Sustainability in SMEs: Top Management Teams Behavioral Integration as Source of Innovativeness
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1899; doi:10.3390/su9101899
Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 18 October 2017 / Published: 21 October 2017
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Top management teams’ (TMTs’) behavioral integration has received extensive attention from strategic management scholars in recent years. To learn more about the consequences of this phenomenon at the team level, we explore the relationship between TMTs’ behavioral integration with their innovativeness and sustainability
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Top management teams’ (TMTs’) behavioral integration has received extensive attention from strategic management scholars in recent years. To learn more about the consequences of this phenomenon at the team level, we explore the relationship between TMTs’ behavioral integration with their innovativeness and sustainability orientation. To accomplish this, we surveyed 40 TMTs in Iranian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at two points in time. We ran a hierarchical multiple regression in order to test the hypotheses of the study. Building a theoretical model based on the Upper-Echelons framework, we found that the extent to which a TMT is behaviorally integrated is positively and significantly related to TMT innovativeness. Furthermore, our result reveals that a highly behaviorally integrated TMT is more likely to engage in sustainability-oriented actions. Hence, behaviorally integrated TMTs offer its team members an increased chance of being innovative and generating new ideas as compared to less behaviorally integrated TMTs. Finally, our results indicate that the generation of novel ideas is higher in teams with younger members, and that highly educated TMTs generate more innovative ideas in the workplace. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Taxpayer’s Perception to Tax Payment in Kind System in Support of SMEs’ Sustainability: Case of the South Korean Government’s Valuation of Unlisted Stocks
Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1523; doi:10.3390/su9091523
Received: 4 August 2017 / Revised: 19 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 26 August 2017
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In Korea, unlisted stock shares are accepted as payment for inheritance tax. In the case of insufficient cash, a taxpayer can pay the government with listed or unlisted stocks (hereinafter referred to as “tax payment in kind”). The drawback of this tax payment
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In Korea, unlisted stock shares are accepted as payment for inheritance tax. In the case of insufficient cash, a taxpayer can pay the government with listed or unlisted stocks (hereinafter referred to as “tax payment in kind”). The drawback of this tax payment system is that receiving tax paid with stocks is subject to the valuation of the government and selling the stocks to an open market requires another valuation. The results of these two valuations show considerable differences, and, therefore, the selling price in the open market is very low. This study analyzes how taxpayers recognize the differences in the valuation results of these unlisted stocks and how the differences affect the pricing for repurchasing the stocks from the open market. Results show that high valuation of unlisted stocks in tax payment in kind drives buyers to lower the purchasing price in the open market. This finding implies a problem in the government’s valuation method of unlisted stocks collected as tax. Full article
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