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Special Issue "Trust Management: Key Factor of the Sustainable Organizations Embedded in Network"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Barbara Kożuch

Institute of Economics, Finance and Management, Jagiellonian University Kraków, 31-007 Kraków, Poland
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Interests: foundations of management sciences; systems and methods of management; project management and human resource management; multicultural management; conditions of efficient functioning of the public sector; particularly in regards to change management in health care; education; culture; public safety
Guest Editor
Prof. Adam Jabłoński

Institute of Management, WSB University Poznań, Faculty in Chorzów, 41-506 Poznań, Poland
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Phone: 0 606 364 500
Interests: trust management; networks; intellectual capital; public management; sustainable business; sustainable business models; business models; performance management; corporate social responsibility; value-based management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, trust is an important determinant of the development of modern organizations. Not only does it become an increasingly important element of the relationship between entities, but, above all, it positively influences the building of the organization's intellectual capital. This capital is differently classified, but always contains components that determine the potential of sustainable organizations, often in the human, social, relational, organizational and innovation dimensions. Trust is more often the key determinant of this capital (Kożuch, Lenart-Gansiniec, 2017). It can be differently defined. However, the basis of many definitions is building relationships focused on developing some kind of individual or inter-organizational link. Organizational trust is defined as authentic and advanced, which is the basis of all organized activities performed by people in the organization, largely due to such features as needing trust, developed through relationships, and the relationship with integrity and commitment. Thus, it is interesting to associate the category of trust with building the intellectual capital of the sustainable organization. Intellectual capital plays a special role here. It is a navigator and platform for achieving not only the competitive advantage of the sustainable organization but also the source of value creation in the short and long term. Then, this strategic hybrid composed of a business model, strategy and business processes is favorable to the development of intellectual capital (Jabłoński 2017). Trust is an element that ties this capital with relationships in business. This has an integrated character (R.C. Mayer, J. H. Davis, F. D. Schoorman 1995). Assuming that nowadays an important paradigm is the network paradigm, it is worth asking how the mechanism of building trust-based intellectual capital of the sustainable organization functions as its key asset in a network environment.


Kożuch, B.; Lenart-Gansiniec, R. Trust and Knowledge Sharing. In Intuition, Trust, and Analytics; Liebowitz, L., Paliszkiewicz, J., Gołuchowski, J., Eds.; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Auerbach Publications: ‎Boca Raton, FL, USA, 2018.

Jabłoński, A. (Ed.) Conceptualization and operationalization of a strategic hybrid with a geometric approach. In Business Models, Strategies, Impacts and Challenges; Nova Publishers: New York, NY, USA, 2017.

Mayer, R.C.; Davis, J.H.; Schoorman, F.D. An Integrative Model of Organizational Trust. Acad. Manage. Rev. 1995, 20, 712–714.

Prof. Barbara Kożuch
Prof. Adam Jabłoński
Guest Editors

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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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  • trust management
  • networks
  • intellectual capital
  • sustainable organizations
  • sustainable business models
  • sustainable strategy
  • sustainable performance management
  • business continuity
  • sustainable value

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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: Managing Sustainable Use of Antibiotics – The Role of Trust
Authors: Sverker C. Jagers, Björn Rönnerstrand and Felicia Robertson
Abstract: The adoption of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) heralds a new era for health and development. The breadth of the new goals widens the scope of sustainable development from previously 21 up to 169 target goals, potentially providing a unique opportunity to promote “health in all policies” (SDG 3) and to find synergies at the intersection of health and many of the other SDGs. Although not included in the specific SDG targets, the need for accelerated progress in the area of antimicrobial resistance is emphasized in the UN resolution “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Antimicrobial resistance is estimated by the World Health Organization to already cause more than 700.000 people to die yearly from infections with resistant bacteria and the number will rise to 10 million by 2050 if the problem is left unchecked. There is thus a great need for a global sustainable consumption of antibiotics in order to prevent this negative future. An example of unsustainable consumption is individual overconsumption which has been linked to the growth of resistance. In this article, we are concerned with the managing of antibiotic consumption and we specifically ask under what conditions people are willing to adopt a more sustainable (abstemious) usage of antibiotics. Based upon findings from the study of a number of other common- and public goods (e.g., climate, fishery and clean water) we hypothesize that inter-personal and institutional trust are crucial for peoples’ propensity to limit their consumption. The study is separated into two parts where the first part examines stated behavior among individuals in Sweden using survey data. In order to establish causality in our findings, the second part is based upon a survey-experiment of anticipated stated behavior among Swedes. Using logistic regression, we find that interpersonal trust has a positive relationship with abstemiousness, also when controlling for a number of other factors. The subsequent survey experiment demonstrates that information on the cooperativeness of others result in an increasing likelihood to abstain antibiotics. With unique data on a Swedish sample, this study contributes to the understanding of the role of interpersonal trust for individual voluntary behavior in large-scale collective action dilemmas such as antibiotic use.

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