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Special Issue "Innovativeness and Knowledge Science/Engineering in Sustainable Value Creation"

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 April 2023 | Viewed by 754

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Department of Systems Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo 191-0065, Japan
Interests: design theory; design methodology; service engineering; manufacturing servitization; value creation; value cocreation; innovation; innovative design; innovation design
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School of Computer Science, Tokyo University of Technology, 1404-1 Katakura, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0982, Japan
Interests: service design; service engineering; systems engineering; service computing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Please define the scope and purpose of the issue and its relationship to other literature on the topic. You can extend or shorten the contents based on the needs

(1) Outline the overall a. focus, b. scope and c. purpose of the special issue;

The sustainability of our societies continues to be undermined by the recent international COVID-19 pandemic, the escalation of international conflicts and the ongoing destruction of the global environment. It is extremely difficult to solve many of these problems simply by applying existing formalized knowledge, and in order to solve these problems in an integrated manner and increase the sustainability of society, new knowledge-management initiatives need to be put in place as soon as possible. Our aim is to promote sustainable development that is desirable for society by creating unprecedented value using this new knowledge-management scheme.

This Special Issue, entitled 'Innovativeness and Knowledge Science/Engineering in Sustainable Value Creation', focuses on innovation design, knowledge management and design strategies that contribute to the sustainability of society and the achievement of wellbeing. Our call for papers encompasses a wide range of papers that promote discussion on: (a) organization design, (b) organization management, (c) economic and business strategy. Also included in this theme are discussions on the implementation of social systems, including businesses, based on ideas that contribute to the sustainability of society, such as SDGs, well-being, DX and diverse welfareness discussions.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be published following a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of ensuring the rapid and widespread dissemination of research results, developments and applications.

(2) Suggest how the issue will usefully supplement (relate to) existing literature.

With rapid changes in the social environment due to the pandemic, innovation and knowledge-management activities have required not only conventional approaches but also discontinuous ones. Therefore, submission papers can be newly positioned in discontinuous research areas with novel features, as well as being situated in the existing knowledge management area.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Yoshiki Shimomura
Prof. Dr. Shigeru Hosono
Guest Editors

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  • innovation for sustainability
  • innovative design for sustainability
  • knowledge management for sustainability
  • value creation for sustainability
  • organization design for sustainability
  • organization management for sustainability
  • knowledge for SDGs
  • knowledge for well-being
  • knowledge for DX
  • knowledge for social system design
  • knowledge for social system management

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Global–Local Knowledge Spillover Strategic Coupling Network: Biopharmaceutical Industry Study of GBA, China
Sustainability 2022, 14(21), 14607; - 07 Nov 2022
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Strategic coupling is a hot field in the research of global production networks. The existing literature mostly consists of studies from the perspective of countries, regions, and enterprises, and relatively lacks the content for describing global–local strategic coupling networks and their evolution path [...] Read more.
Strategic coupling is a hot field in the research of global production networks. The existing literature mostly consists of studies from the perspective of countries, regions, and enterprises, and relatively lacks the content for describing global–local strategic coupling networks and their evolution path with industries as carriers. The GBA is a bridgehead for China to participate in the global production network. Based on the systematic construction of the strategic coupling network analysis framework of global–local knowledge spillovers, this paper, taking the biopharmaceutical industry of GBA as an example, depicts the evolution process of its coupling network nodes, structures, and networks from 1990 to 2019 by using system analysis, social network analysis, and other methods, and analyzes node centrality, network structure, coupling paths, and their influencing factors. We found that the strategic coupling of global–local knowledge spillover is typically a networked structure, with the network organization presenting a multi-element sub-system hierarchical state. The overall network structure, with knowledge spillover as the carrier, shows obvious phased differences, having gone through three path stages from exploratory to expanding to stable. The path selection shows a spatial progression and a temporal sequence. The main factors affecting the path selection of the coupling network are the bargaining power of regional knowledge, behavioral subjects’ will, and multi-dimensional proximity. Full article
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