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Sustainability and International Business: Innovation, Talent Management, Business Model Innovation, Market Entry Strategies, Competitiveness

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: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 5683

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1. Institute of International Studies (ISM), SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warsaw, Poland
2. Effat College of Business, Effat University, Jeddah 21551, Saudi Arabia
Interests: smart cities; smart villages; international political economy (IPE); information and communication technology (ICT)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on global value- and supply chains have reminded us how interconnected the world is today. It has also reminded us that scarcity remains the key challenge that all international business’ stakeholders need to consider. Moreover, the war in Ukraine has highlighted that stability and predictability (of business opportunities) are not to be taken for granted. Admittedly, organizations (private, public, voluntary) face a variety of other challenges today as well. These relate to and/or result from the increasing velocity of international transactions; the technology-driven increased interconnectedness of people, business, and societies; and, finally, the escalating density of the day-to-day business interactions. The opportunities inherent in these processes as well as the side effects that they generate have an impact on all stakeholders involved, including the employers, the employees, the investors, the regulators (the state) and society at large. The complexity of the context in which these processes unfold is further enhanced by the broadly understood imperative of sustainability, most plainly outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Taking these points into consideration, a thorough reflection is due to diverse aspects of international business, including business performance, growth and development strategies, modes and timing of market entry, managerial processes, including data-driven decision-making process, innovation capacity, sources of competitive advantage and many others. The most recent advances in economic collaboration and integration around the world and their implications for the business sector add several new layers to the already complex environment in which international business sustainability has to be mastered. This Special Issue seeks to tap into this.

The Guest Editor of this Special Issue welcomes submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Technology-enhanced tools and strategies for sustainability in international business;
  • Data-driven decision-making in international business and its contexts;
  • Talent management as a function of business sustainability, competitiveness, and success;
  • Challenges and opportunities in international business: from business strategy to day-to-day business operation;
  • Employee turnover and sustainability in context of international business;
  • Cultural diversity in international business as a function of sustainability;
  • Novel, sustainable, green, and tech-enhanced business development strategies;
  • ICT-enhanced tools and applications and international business;
  • Sophisticated technology, including AI, 5G, blockchain and smart contracts and business development strategies;
  • New products and new services development, including smart services;
  • Platform economy and gig-work;
  • Business development strategies in international context;
  • Case-studies, including Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China, EU, Africa, Asia, etc.;
  • Emerging markets;
  • Comparative insights.

Dr. Anna Visvizi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • AI
  • 5G
  • B2B
  • business model innovation (BMI)
  • talent management
  • technology diffusion
  • innovation
  • data-driven decision-making
  • international business

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Do Trade Agreements Enhance Bilateral Trade? Focus on India and Sri Lanka
by Hafiz Wasim Akram, Alam Ahmad, Leo-Paul Dana, Asif Khan and Samreen Akhtar
Sustainability 2024, 16(2), 582; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16020582 - 9 Jan 2024
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This article examines bilateral trade relations between the two important countries of South Asia, India and Sri Lanka, in light of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and the India–Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA). The analysis period spans the years 1995 [...] Read more.
This article examines bilateral trade relations between the two important countries of South Asia, India and Sri Lanka, in light of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and the India–Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA). The analysis period spans the years 1995 to 2020. The primary analysis found that bilateral trade has been sluggish and that the SAFTA and ISFTA agreements have had no discernible effect on these two countries’ bilateral trade performance. The causes of lackluster trade performance were investigated using the “revealed comparative advantage” and the “trade complementarity” indices. Clear evidence was found demonstrating that the reason for the bilateral trade’s consistent lackluster performance is due to both countries’ lack of revealed comparative advantage in the majority of product groups, followed by export similarity in the product groups where they do have a comparative advantage. The findings also confirm the suspicion of many observers that they are competitors rather than natural trading partners. Although any substantial future increase in their bilateral trade is improbable and fanciful, the paper reflects on methods of strengthening bilateral trade. Full article
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Market Structure Analysis of Revenue of International Construction Professional Service (I-CPS): A Country-Level Analysis
by Kang-Wook Lee
Sustainability 2023, 15(18), 13836; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151813836 - 17 Sep 2023
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International construction professional service (I-CPS) refers to a knowledge-intensive professional service (KIPS), such as architecture, engineering, and consultancy, which uses technology/human capital as its major input and is better positioned to create new market opportunities and profitability. While the I-CPS market has recently [...] Read more.
International construction professional service (I-CPS) refers to a knowledge-intensive professional service (KIPS), such as architecture, engineering, and consultancy, which uses technology/human capital as its major input and is better positioned to create new market opportunities and profitability. While the I-CPS market has recently stagnated owing to political, economic, and social uncertainties, the continuous growth and survival of I-CPS firms are becoming an issue, and a country’s competitiveness in supporting these firms is becoming increasingly important. The market structure of an industry results from the competition between countries or firms, which helps identify future market opportunities and establish a timely competitive strategy. The objective of this study is to quantitatively analyze the I-CPS market structure based on top international design firms (TIDFs). This study analyzes the revenue structures of TIDFs by nationality to identify country-specific factors in the I-CPS industry. The Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 225/200 International Design Firms List for the past decade (2011–2021) was used to analyze international revenue in the major 15 countries. This study analyzed the I-CPS industry’s concentration for static analysis, and for dynamic analysis, the rank distribution of TIDFs, their mobility, and instability by firm nationality were analyzed sequentially. The results confirmed that market forces shifted from Europe and USA to Canada and China and that the market position was unstable in many countries. Additionally, this study divides the 15 countries into four static and dynamic combinations: high-static and high-dynamic, high-static and low-dynamic, low-static and high-dynamic, and low-static and low-dynamic. The findings of this study help understand country-level competition in the I-CPS market from a macro perspective, and provide directions for follow-up studies related to the I-CPS market structure. Full article
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Research on the Generating Mechanism of Urban Talent Competitiveness Based QCA Method: A Configurational Analysis of 24 Chinese Cities
by Sike Liu and Wuyi Wang
Sustainability 2023, 15(7), 6120; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15076120 - 1 Apr 2023
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Talent competition is the core of urban competition; urban development needs strong talent competitiveness. This study applies configuration thinking and the QCA method through the integration of six influencing conditions, namely talent scale, talent structure, talent innovation, talent development, talent efficiency and talent [...] Read more.
Talent competition is the core of urban competition; urban development needs strong talent competitiveness. This study applies configuration thinking and the QCA method through the integration of six influencing conditions, namely talent scale, talent structure, talent innovation, talent development, talent efficiency and talent living, it selects 24 Chinese cities as research cases, explores the generation mechanism of urban talent competitiveness. The results demonstrate that: (1) Talent scale, talent innovation, talent development and talent living are the key conditions for generating urban talent competitiveness; (2) The quality improvement mode, innovation leading mode and resource competitive mode are the main modes of generating urban talent competitiveness; the resource competitive mode is the most common combination of strategies for generating urban talent competitiveness; (3) Talent development and talent living have a substitution relationship in the process of generating urban talent competitiveness; (4) The configuration that hinders the generation of competitiveness and promotes the generation of competitiveness is asymmetric. Full article
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