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Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 983

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GWU School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Interests: technology road-mapping; technology transfer and commercialization; international science and technology policy; technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development
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Department of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 157 72 Athens, Greece
Interests: economics analysis; economic development; economic growth; applied economics; economic policy analysis; European Union; European integration; cultural economics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the age of rapid technological advancement, sustainability and entrepreneurship go hand‐in‐hand in sculpting the future of economic development. Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development serve as the underpinning pillars that ensure not only economic growth, but also a balance with our natural environment and societal wellbeing. The role of sustainable technologies in fostering entrepreneurship has come to the forefront of scientific discourse, acknowledging its capability to transform economies while addressing environmental and societal challenges.

The fusion of technology and sustainable practices in entrepreneurial ventures represents an evolution in how businesses approach innovation. It is not merely about creating products or solutions but about envisioning a future that champions sustainability as a core value. In order to recognize the pivotal role played by Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development in modern economies, there is a pressing need for rigorous research that delves into its multifaceted dimensions.

The primary goal of this Special Issue is to provide a comprehensive platform to foster a deeper understanding of how technological entrepreneurship can be intertwined with sustainable practices to propel economic development forward, ensuring that it aligns with the ethos of the 21st century. This Special Issue sheds light on an area that amalgamates technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, a triad that is instrumental in shaping the economic paradigms of tomorrow.

This Special Issue aims to publish original theoretical or empirical research papers of a high quality. International or country‐specific research is welcomed. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Technological Entrepreneurship for Green Economies;
  • Digital Transformation and Sustainable Business Models;
  • Innovation Ecosystems for Sustainable Development;
  • Socio‐economic Impact of Sustainable Tech Startups;
  • Ethical Considerations in Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship;
  • Collaborative Innovation for Sustainability;
  • Open innovation and sustainable business models;
  • Economic Resilience through Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship;
  • Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship in Rural Economies;
  • Public‐Private Partnerships in Economic Development;
  • Inclusive Economic Growth through Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship;
  • Education and Training for Sustainable Entrepreneurship;
  • Scaling Sustainable Tech Solutions in Developing Economies;
  • Consumer Perception and Sustainable Technological Products;
  • Role of Digital Platforms in Sustainable Economic Growth;
  • Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in Sustainable Tech Solutions;
  • Regulatory Landscape and Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship.

We believe that this Special Issue will act as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue, robust research, and transformative insights in the realm of Sustainable Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Prof. Dr. Elias G. Carayannis
Dr. Pantelis Kostis
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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • sustainable technological entrepreneurship
  • innovation
  • economic development
  • green economy
  • digital transformation
  • sustainable business models
  • policy and sustainability
  • innovation ecosystems

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20 pages, 290 KiB  
Digital Economy Development and Green Innovation Efficiency from a Two-Stage Innovation Value Chain Perspective
by Danxue Fan and Meiyue Li
Sustainability 2024, 16(11), 4421; - 23 May 2024
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Resolving the conflict between economic growth and ecological sustainability is crucial when transitioning from traditional economic development towards a sustainable green model. In this context, the super-NSBM model was applied to measure the efficiency of green innovation technology research and development. Additionally, it [...] Read more.
Resolving the conflict between economic growth and ecological sustainability is crucial when transitioning from traditional economic development towards a sustainable green model. In this context, the super-NSBM model was applied to measure the efficiency of green innovation technology research and development. Additionally, it was applied to measure the efficiency of the green innovation achievement transformation among 30 Chinese provinces. This evaluation was conducted for the period from 2011 to 2021, and it utilized a two-stage innovation value chain perspective. The entropy method was used to comprehensively calculate the digital economy development index, and the impact of digital economy development on the two-stage green innovation effect was empirically explored using SDM. The findings revealed the following: Firstly, both two-stage green innovation efficiency and digital economy development exhibited significant spatial characteristics. Secondly, digital economy development had a positive effect on two-stage green innovation efficiency not only in the local region but also in neighboring regions. This conclusion remained valid throughout a series of robustness tests. Thirdly, in terms of regional heterogeneity, the eastern region and non-resource-based regions had greater digital economy development dividends than the central, western, and resource-based regions; therefore, the effect on two-stage green innovation efficiency was more significant. Lastly, both intellectual property protection and data factor endowment exerted positive moderating effects on the influence of the digital economy on two-stage green innovation efficiency. The conclusions of this research provide a theoretical backing for and empirical proof of the mechanism of digital economy development and its impact on two-stage green innovation efficiency. Policy implications are suggested based on these findings, such as reinforcing digitalization, establishing targeted policies, and fostering a favorable external environment conducive to technological innovation. Full article
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