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Special Issue "Sustainability of Young Companies–Contemporary Trends and Challenges"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marek Jabłoński

Institute of Management, Faculty in Chorzów, WSB University, Poznań 41-506, Poland
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Interests: sustainability; business models; strategic performance management; value-based management; development of companies; strategy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ensuring the sustainability of early stage companies, and increasing awareness of the need for balancing targets against different stakeholder groups among young companies, are not well developed. Young companies, in the first place, want to achieve financial success very often without regard to aspects such as the environment, positive relationships with employees suppliers or other stakeholder groups, fulfill requirements of labor law and other. Another issue is that of companies of which business models are based on actuarially-preferred concepts, such as sharing economy, sustainable development, e-comers, e-commerce, renewable energy, social media, and others. A key issue is the resignation of companies from an approach to business, based on the foundations of classical economics to the sharing economy. Theory and practice seek new solutions in the sphere of value sharing in this new areas of sharing, and innovative forms of its implementation. Intriguing is the relationship of these business models with sustainability issues. Also is wondering how technology can influence for sustainability. Contemporary approach to consumer value fits in with the assumption of shared economy. It is interesting how it affects for the assumptions of sustainability of business. The ongoing changes in the value system of potential consumers create new conditions for designing of sustainability business models and creating of innovation. On the basis of the above-mentioned assumptions, the key issue is to answer the following questions:

  1. Why is the problem of sustainability of young companies.
  2. How to designee a sustainable business models?
  3. What are the features of sustainable business models companies in early stage of development?
  4. How create a sustainable start-ups?
  5. Why the business models of young companies are unstable?
  6. Is a connection between agility, flexibility, scalability and sustainability of business models in context of small and young companies?
  7. How to designee a methodic for creating of sustainable business models.
  8. What are the difference between sustainability for big companies and small companies?
  9. What is the rules of stakeholders in shaping of sustainability of young companies?

Prof. Dr. Marek Jabłoński
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • young companies
  • sustainability
  • sharing economy
  • technology business model
  • early stage of development
  • sustainable business model
  • creating of shareholder value
  • start-ups
  • flexibility of business models
  • agility of business models

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Open AccessArticle Value Creation Mechanism of Social Enterprises in Manufacturing Industry: Empirical Evidence from Korea
Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 46; doi:10.3390/su10010046
Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 20 December 2017 / Accepted: 21 December 2017 / Published: 25 December 2017
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A variety of social enterprises (SEs) have recently emerged in many different countries in an effort to resolve diverse social problems. However, the value creation mechanism of SEs has not yet been disclosed. The purpose of this study is to reveal the value
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A variety of social enterprises (SEs) have recently emerged in many different countries in an effort to resolve diverse social problems. However, the value creation mechanism of SEs has not yet been disclosed. The purpose of this study is to reveal the value creation mechanism of SEs in manufacturing industry. To do so, we verify the role of social entrepreneurship and examine the effects of product innovation attributes and social capital on social value creation and financial performance by using structural equation modelling. Then, we conduct interviews with six experts in SE fields. According to the results of empirical study, the social entrepreneurship works as an antecedent of product innovation and social capital in SEs and the degrees of products’ simplicity, usability and standardization positively affect the social value creation of SEs. In addition, the social value creation works as a complete mediator between the product innovation of SEs and their financial performance. The interviews suggest policy implications for successful social value creation and sustainability of SEs. This research contributes towards further studies on innovation of SEs and provides social entrepreneurs with guidelines in planning their innovation strategy or developing their products. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Directions for Social Enterprise from an Efficiency Perspective
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1914; doi:10.3390/su9101914
Received: 22 September 2017 / Revised: 19 October 2017 / Accepted: 21 October 2017 / Published: 23 October 2017
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Social enterprise is recognized as an alternative for sustainable development, as it balances social aspects with economic prosperity. Evaluating social enterprises is very important for both the enterprises themselves and the government, since grants from the government or institutions highly depend on their
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Social enterprise is recognized as an alternative for sustainable development, as it balances social aspects with economic prosperity. Evaluating social enterprises is very important for both the enterprises themselves and the government, since grants from the government or institutions highly depend on their performance. While relatively significant attention is paid to the social value that these enterprises create, there is a lack of interest in assessing the operational performance directly linked to the sustainable operation of social enterprises. Therefore, this research analyzes the performance of social enterprises from the efficiency perspective, incorporating both operational (economic) and social performance measures. To this end, we apply data envelopment analysis to assess the performance of social enterprises when considering the dual-role factor—the grants. To facilitate clarity for readers, a dataset of Korean social enterprises is used. Through this analysis, we show that the grants can be used for performance evaluation in different ways for each enterprise. Furthermore, an industry-specific analysis provides more realistic and feasible benchmarking information to which inefficient social enterprises should refer. We expect that these findings will complement existing methods of social enterprise evaluation. Full article
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