Special Issue "Sustainable Business and Development"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

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


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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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 refereed through a 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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  • 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

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, 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: 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.

Last update: 1 December 2014

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