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Special Issue "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management for Sustainable Enterprises"

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: 30 May 2023 | Viewed by 1007

Special Issue Editors

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guilford GU27XH, UK
Interests: innovation management; strategic management; entrepreneurship management
The Faculty of Business, Computing and Digital Industries, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD, UK
Interests: innovation management; strategic management; entrepreneurship management
Dr. Zhaoxing Wang
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International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE), Coventry University, Jaguar Building, Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL, UK
Interests: inovation and entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. Peiyu He
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Guest Editor
Intellectual Property School, Chongqing University of Technology, Chongqing 400054, China
Interests: innovation and intellectual property law; cyber law

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental degradation and climate change are currently recognized as the greatest global challenges of our time (Wiedmann et al., 2020). In facing the challenges of reducing detrimental environmental and societal impacts created by unsustainable business practices, the development of innovations and entrepreneurship for sustainability has gained more attention (Ning and Guo, 2022). They are recognized as the engine in the transformation of current business processes and key factors for a more efficient and responsible use of natural resources (Barbieri et al., 2020).

Our Special Issue focuses on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management for Sustainable Enterprise. Lack of structural change, non-sustainable growth, and non-inclusive growth are traditional features of natural resources-relied enterprises (Adams et al., 2016; Barbieri et al., 2020; Driessen et al., 2013). The editors seek manuscripts that explore the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainability in contexts where prosperity relies on the exploitation of natural resources, the tension between needs and limits is taken to the limit and the notion of sustainable development can be deemed as contradictory concepts.

Suggest Topic

Relevant topics of the submitted papers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Entrepreneurship, low-carbon innovation, and economic growth.
  • The impact of Institutions, cultural and technical factors on sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Promoting and supporting sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
  • Drivers and barriers in the pursuit of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Metaverse, AI and other digital technology impact on sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Green finance and sustainable innovation in the context of digitalization.
  • Business model innovation and sustainability.
  • Motivating existing enterprises towards sustainable development and innovation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Adams, R., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D. and Overy, P., 2016. Sustainability‐oriented innovation: A systematic review. International Journal of Management Reviews18(2), pp.180-205.

Barbieri, N., Marzucchi, A. and Rizzo, U., 2020. Knowledge sources and impacts on subsequent inventions: Do green technologies differ from non-green ones?. Research Policy49(2), p.103901.

Driessen, P.H., Hillebrand, B., Kok, R.A. and Verhallen, T.M., 2013. Green new product development: the pivotal role of product greenness. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management60(2), pp.315-326.

Ning, L. and Guo, R., 2022. Technological diversification to green domains: technological relatedness, invention impact and knowledge integration capabilities. Research Policy51(1), p.104406.

Wiedmann, T., Lenzen, M., Keyßer, L.T. and Steinberger, J.K., 2020. Scientists’ warning on affluence. Nature communications, 11(1), pp.1-10.

Dr. Senmao Xia
Prof. Dr. Yanguo Jing
Dr. Zhaoxing Wang
Prof. Dr. Peiyu He
Guest Editors

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  • innovation
  • entrepreneurship
  • climate changes
  • ecological challenges
  • sustainable development

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Driving Innovation by Managing Entrepreneurial Orientation, Cooperation and Learning for the Sustainability of Companies in the Energy Sector
Sustainability 2022, 14(24), 16978; - 18 Dec 2022
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 563
Nowadays, the attitude of companies seems to play a relevant role in detecting and exploiting opportunities to create value, especially in terms of knowledge and cooperation. Thereon, the concept of entrepreneurial orientation has become relevant over the last years. Firms are entrepreneurially oriented [...] Read more.
Nowadays, the attitude of companies seems to play a relevant role in detecting and exploiting opportunities to create value, especially in terms of knowledge and cooperation. Thereon, the concept of entrepreneurial orientation has become relevant over the last years. Firms are entrepreneurially oriented when their decision-making, techniques, and procedures allow them to identify opportunities, develop a proactive mindset, and use creative ways to achieve their objectives. The purpose of this paper is to empirically analyze the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and companies’ innovation capacity, in addition to the mediating effect of entrepreneurial networks and firms’ learning capacity in this relationship. A sample of 197 Spanish companies in the energy sector is analyzed using the variance-based structural equation modeling technique (PLS-SEM), using the software “SmartPLS” in its version 3.9. The results show a direct positive and significant influence of entrepreneurial orientation on companies’ innovation capacity, as well as the existence of an indirect effect through the mediation of entrepreneurial networks and the learning capacity of firms. It is concluded that businesses must dedicate time and resources to develop a strong entrepreneurial orientation which, in addition to allowing them to exploit external entrepreneurial networks, boosts their learning and innovation capabilities, favoring the development of new sustainable possibilities for value creation. Full article
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