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Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia: Robust Research, Sustainable Development, Limitless Innovation and Economic Boost

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (27 March 2023) | Viewed by 8027

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1. School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
2. College of Engineering, Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: cognitive computing; artificial intelligence; data science; bioinformatics; innovation; big data research; data mining; emerging technologies; information systems; technology driven innovation; knowledge management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vision 2030 is a strategy blueprint in Saudi Arabia aiming to mobilize all the unexploited capacities and to build strong capabilities aiming to revolutionize the Kingdom and to promote bold reform, limitless innovation and sustainable economic development. The purpose of this Special Issue is to disseminate timely multidisciplinary research on the theoretical foundations for the promotion of Vision 2030, as well as novel computer engineering, management, leadership, innovation, capability contributions in the context of the implementation of Vision 2030 projects. 

We are inviting multidisciplinary research related to four significant pillars and topics:

Pillar 1. Theoretical Foundations of Vision 2030 research  

  • Digital Transformation;
  • Strategies for Vision 2030;
  • Enabling Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence Foundations;
  • Progressive research on new research frameworks on Vision 2030 research,

Pillar 2. Vision 2030 as a blueprint of Sustainable Social Inclusive Economic Development in the Region

  • Multidisciplinary scientific models for the adoption and utilization of the Vision 2030 Strategy towards sustainable economic development and growth;
  • Integration of computer-engineering algorithms in the unique value field of Vision 2030;
  • New business models for sustainable economic development;
  • Vision 2030 as a global best practice.

Pillar 3. Digital Transformation in all aspects of Vision 2030 Implementation and Utilization

  • Adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for value-adding components of Vision 2030;
  • Streamline and emerging technologies as value carriers in Vision 2030;
  • NEOM, LINE, etc., as test beds for Vision 2030.

Pillar 4. Takeaways from Vision 2030 design and implementation process

  • Best practices;
  • Leadership and innovation;
  • Policy revisions;
  • Vision 2050 and beyond.

Pillar 5: Case studies and Indicative Vision 2030 Projects: Dissemination of key outcomes

Prof. Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras
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From Gym to Grid: Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 on Saudi Gym-Goers’ Willingness to Utilize Human Kinetic Energy for Sustainable Energy Generation
by Nadia Yusuf and Mostafa F. Fawzy
Sustainability 2023, 15(13), 10259; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151310259 - 28 Jun 2023
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In the context of increasing sustainability through renewable energy utilization in Saudi Arabia, this study was motivated by the need to understand the impact of COVID-19 on gym-goers’ attitudes and behaviors towards renewable energy generating using their human kinetic energy (HKE). A comparative [...] Read more.
In the context of increasing sustainability through renewable energy utilization in Saudi Arabia, this study was motivated by the need to understand the impact of COVID-19 on gym-goers’ attitudes and behaviors towards renewable energy generating using their human kinetic energy (HKE). A comparative analytical study was conducted using a pre-COVID-19 survey (n = 96) and a post-COVID-19 survey (n = 385) of gym-goers in Saudi Arabia. The surveys consisted of closed-ended Likert-type questions that measured participants’ attitudes, behaviors, and willingness related to renewable energy and HKE generation. The results of the Chi-square test of independence showed that there was no significant difference in the participants’ attitudes towards behaviors and awareness regarding renewable energy and HKE generation between the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 surveys. However, the study revealed an overall promising level of support for sustainable energy and HKE generation among gym-goers. This led to the conclusion that there is potential for the installation of sustainable HKE generation systems in gyms. The main implication of this finding is the need for greater education and awareness raising campaigns as well as incentives to support the implementation of renewable energy solutions. The research contributes to sustainable development and Saudi Vision 2030 by exploring potential opportunities for increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix and promoting sustainable development. Full article
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Competitive Sustainability of Saudi Companies through Digitalization and the Circular Carbon Economy Model: A Bold Contribution to the Vision 2030 Agenda in Saudi Arabia
by Nadia Yusuf and Miltiadis D. Lytras
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2616; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15032616 - 1 Feb 2023
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This study examines the challenges and opportunities of implementing the circular carbon economy model and digitalization in Saudi Arabia with a focus on CO2 emissions. The research finds that, prior to the pandemic outbreak in 2020, Saudi Arabia had succeeded in stabilizing [...] Read more.
This study examines the challenges and opportunities of implementing the circular carbon economy model and digitalization in Saudi Arabia with a focus on CO2 emissions. The research finds that, prior to the pandemic outbreak in 2020, Saudi Arabia had succeeded in stabilizing production-based CO2 emissions due to a combination of policies outlined in the scope of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. However, the economic downturn caused by the pandemic has led to a short-term reduction in CO2 emissions trends, highlighting the need for preparation for a rebound. Driven by the use of analytical methods including the Kaya Identity, this study suggests that the newly proposed circular carbon economy model could be an effective way for the country to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by coordinating all significant stakeholders, including businesses and government actors. The research analyzes Saudi Arabia’s CO2 emissions trends over the past two decades and presents several steps necessary to achieve social, environmental, and economic outcomes for sustainable businesses operating in a fossil-rich country. We also highlight the need for organizational changes, new policy-making tools, as well as government, consumer, and stakeholder support to drive the changes required for integration of the circular carbon economy model and the adoption of smart technologies. Overall, the results can be used to emphasize the importance of sustainability as a competitive feature that allows businesses and countries to benefit from the distribution of risks and shared accountability. Full article
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