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Special Issue "Financial Energy in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "C: Energy Economics and Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 April 2023 | Viewed by 1383

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Danuta Zawadzka
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Dr. Ewa Szafraniec-Siluta
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Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance, Koszalin University of Technology, Kwiatkowskiego 6e, 75-343 Koszalin, Poland
Interests: corporate finance, farm finance.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Financial energy is an interdisciplinary concept. Its importance is emphasized in: Energy and Financial Markets, Pricing Mechanisms, Energy Corporate Finance, Green Finance and Investment, Energy Derivative Markets, and Energy Risk Management [1]. This approach also allows for treating money as a source of energy [2] that activates a number of processes in economic entities. Therefore, financial energy affects the general financial condition of enterprises or households [3,4,5].

Enterprises from the SME sector play an important role in the economy, constituting 99% of all enterprises from the OECD area [6]. These units have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, not least because they are more vulnerable to financial constraints than larger companies [7]. Enterprises from the SME sector need financial energy that will influence the current as well as investment and financial decisions, inducing positive aspects both on a global scale (economic growth) and for the entity itself (an increase in the company's market value).

The purpose of the research that will be presented in this Special Issue is to show the determining factors, application conditions, and consequences of implementing financial energy in the activities of enterprises from the SME sector. The thematic scope mainly covers the assessment of the implementation of financial energy in SMEs.

The results presented in this Special Issue may be used by institutions supporting the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the field of financial energy.

Prof. Dr. Danuta Zawadzka 
Dr. Ewa Szafraniec-Siluta
Guest Editors


[1] Zhang, D. Energy Finance: Background, Concept, and Recent Developments. Emerg. Mark. Financ. Trade 201854, 1687–1692.

[2] Melnychenko, O. The Energy of Finance in Refining of Medical Surge Capacity. Energies 2021, 14, 210.

[3] Korol, T. Evaluation of the Macro- and Micro-Economic Factors Affecting the Financial Energy of Households. Energies 202114, 3512.

[4] Korol, T. Examining Statistical Methods in Forecasting Financial Energy of Households in Poland and Taiwan. Energies 202114, 1821

[5] Zawadzka, D, Strzelecka, A, Szafraniec-Siluta, E. Debt as a Source of Financial Energy of the Farm—What Causes the Use of External Capital in Financing Agricultural Activity? A Model Approach. Energies. 2021; 14(14):4124.

[6] OECD (2019), OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019, OECD Publishing, Paris.

[7] Adian, I, Doumbia, D. Gregory, N, Ragoussis, A Reddy, A, Timmis, J. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Pandemic: Impact, Responses and the Role of Development Finance. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 9414. 2020, World Bank, Washington, DC. World Bank.

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  • financial instruments as a source of financial energy for the SME sector
  • macroeconomic determinants of financial energy in the development of the SME sector
  • the importance of financial energy in SME creation and development strategies
  • Information systems and evaluation of financial energy in the SME sector
  • the financial market as a source of financial energy for enterprises from the SME sector
  • The role of financial energy in innovation management in enterprises from the SME sector
  • financial energy of enterprises from the SME sector in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • financial energy in green finance of SMEs

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The Trait of Extraversion as an Energy-Based Determinant of Entrepreneur’s Success—The Case of Poland
Energies 2022, 15(13), 4533; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15134533 - 22 Jun 2022
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The fact that personality traits play an important role when it comes to predicting people’s entrepreneurial behavior is currently indisputable. However, so far, the majority of subject literature has focused on employee characteristics in developed countries. To address this gap, research was conducted, [...] Read more.
The fact that personality traits play an important role when it comes to predicting people’s entrepreneurial behavior is currently indisputable. However, so far, the majority of subject literature has focused on employee characteristics in developed countries. To address this gap, research was conducted, including 188 entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises (SME) and 21 highest-level employees in Poland—one of the countries with the most hostile and turbulent environment for entrepreneurial operations in the world. The five personality traits (Big Five) were evaluated using the 60-item scale. There were three objectives of this study: to identify the differences between entrepreneurs and the most effective, highest-level employees, in the context of personality trait intensities, to determine the level of specific trait(s) intensities (OCEAN) of an effective entrepreneur. Finally, to determine whether it is possible to construct a model based on BIG5 to estimate the probability of success as an entrepreneur. The research results imply there are significant differences between successful entrepreneurs and highly effective employees and their personality trait intensities, described in the BIG5 model. Moreover, it is possible to distinguish trait intensity ranges, determining the success as an entrepreneur. Finally, we constructed the empirically based model, which allows us to estimate the chances of an individual succeeding as an entrepreneur with only a 5% error rate. The main factor and common denominator of entrepreneurial effectiveness is the trait of extraversion. The findings of our study are particularly important for the renewable energy sector in Poland, as the last part of green energy implementing blockchain (e.g., the installation and maintenance of wind turbines and solar panels) is being undertaken, in vast majority, by independent contractors and SME owners (entrepreneurs). Full article
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