Special Issue "Sustainable Business and Development"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen
Director and Professor Center for Sustainable Business and Development, The University of Tennessee, 311 Conference Center Building, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4134, USA
Website: http://csbt.tennessee.edu/
E-Mail: rchen@utk.edu
Phone: +1 865 974 0505
Fax: +1 865 974 1838
Interests: sustainable business; sustainable development; sustainable consumer services; sustainable hospitality and tourism; branding; marketing; forecasting models; economic impacts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Companies are leveraging immense resources to subscribe to green practices that can improve business bottom lines and refine their brand images. While facing the challenges of corporate social responsibility, embedding a sustainability culture into the company’s core values will not only reduce the company’s operational footprints and produce significant efficiencies in all aspects, but will also improve economic benefits. Communities will gain jobs and economic benefits through corporate volunteerism and financial giving. Also, the enriched relationships between the business and public sectors will sustain thriving communities by advancing sustainable initiatives, supporting charitable activities, and promoting civic enhancement.

This Special Issue aims to discuss strategy frameworks from a sustainable business and development perspective. We invite you to contribute to this issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, case studies or research articles. 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.

Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen
Guest Editor


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  • innovative and sustainable business practices
  • operational solutions
  • strategies of improving  communities’ quality of life
  • sustainable business models
  • green development
  • sustainable consumer service
  • employee satisfaction and productivity
  • company profitability

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p. 2373-2396
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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 2373-2396; doi:10.3390/su7032373 (registering DOI)
Received: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 24 December 2014 / Published: 27 February 2015
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p. 1970-1984
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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1970-1984; doi:10.3390/su7021970
Received: 8 January 2015 / Accepted: 6 February 2015 / Published: 12 February 2015
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p. 1932-1956
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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1932-1956; doi:10.3390/su7021932
Received: 22 December 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2015 / Published: 11 February 2015
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p. 1957-1969
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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1957-1969; doi:10.3390/su7021957
Received: 23 December 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2015 / Published: 11 February 2015
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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: Sustainable Production, Management Accounting and Control Systems and Internationalization of Firms
Ernesto Lopez-Valeiras, Jacobo Gomez-Conde and David Naranjo-Gil
Universidad de Vigo, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Universidad Pablo de Olavide
This paper examines the effect of sustainable production on the internationalization of firms. In this link, management accounting and control systems (MACS) plays an important role. MACS were defined in terms of the extent of use of fourteen individual control systems. The research model is empirically tested with survey data from 122 Spanish and Portuguese firms, using Partial Least Squares. The findings suggest that high-level use of MACS derive significantly greater effect of sustainable production on internationalization than do low-level use of MCAS. The results are examined in relation to theory and their managerial implications.

Title: Comparison between Green Consumption Attitude and Green Consumption Values from Taiwan and Malaysia
Jui-Che Tu 1 and Tsai-Feng Kao 2,*
1 Graduate School of Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin 640, Taiwan
Department of Multimedia and Game Design, Overseas Chinese University, Taichung 407, Taiwan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail: g9730808@gmail.com
: Personal values are important determinants of consumer attitude. This study applied the theory of consumption values to examine whether green consumption attitude (GCA) and green consumption values (GCV) have significant differences in two non-Western countries, Taiwan and Malaysia. This study examined 395 college students from two major cities in Malaysia and Taiwan. One-way ANOVA, t-test and multiple regression analysis were conducted to analyze the data collected from the questionnaire survey. The results suggest that the nationality of consumers, purchase of environmentally friendly products, involvement of environment-friendly activities and read or heard environment-friendly information can make respondents have positive GCA. The female respondents have more positive GCP than the male respondents, and pay more attention to the social value and epistemic value. The five dimensions of GCV: functional value, conditional value, social value, emotional value and epistemic value have better explanatory power for GCA. This study contributes to preliminary but vital insights into effective promotion of GCA and GCV.
Green Consumption attitude, Green consumption values, functional value, social value, emotional value, epistemic value, conditional value

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