Special Issue "Industry 4.0 and Industrial Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Celeste Varum
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Guest Editor
University of Aveiro & GOVCOPP, Portugal
Interests: industrial competitiveness; innovation; eco-innovation; technological innovation; sustainability; internationalization
Dr. Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann
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Guest Editor
FEP-School of Economics and Business, University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: internationalization; foreign direct investment; innovation; industrial competitiveness; public policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and the Circular Economy are two emerging concepts likely to redefine how our economy and industries work. There is an understanding that the combination of the two will lead us faster towards the Green Economy, and may contribute to harmonizing ambitions for economic growth and environmental protection.

Indeed, it has been recognized that the underlying drivers and technologies of Industry 4.0 might help fulfill the potential of the Circular Economy towards a more sustainable industry. The numerous synergies between them need to be tackled.

Yet, existing research addressing the two areas is still very scant and there are plenty of research issues to address.

This Special Issue aims to encourage researchers to explore the linkages between Industry 4.0 and Sustainability, to facilitate and speed up the transition into a Circular Economy, contributing to hasten the acquisition of competitive advantages for industries and firms in the future.

To address this area of research, the proposed Special Issue calls for papers that present applied work on issues including, but not limited to:

  • linkages between Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy;
  • sustainability assessments for Industry 4.0;
  • the impact of sustainable I4.0 technologies on different areas, such as competitiveness, efficiency, employment, and environmental and social issues;
  • sectoral studies on the interface between Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy; and
  • policy issues.

Dr. Celeste Varum
Dr. Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainability
  • Policy Issues
  • Innovation
  • Eco-Innovation

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A Study on the Relationship between Paradox Cognition, Green Industrial Production, and Corporate Performance
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6588; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236588 - 21 Nov 2019
Abstract
Based on the theory of paradox cognition, a relationship model among paradox cognition, industrial green production, and enterprise performance has been constructed, which mainly focuses on a study on whether the paradox cognition can have positive influences on the green production behavior of [...] Read more.
Based on the theory of paradox cognition, a relationship model among paradox cognition, industrial green production, and enterprise performance has been constructed, which mainly focuses on a study on whether the paradox cognition can have positive influences on the green production behavior of industrial enterprises, and then further promote the improvement of enterprises’ economic benefits. The author wrote this thesis on the basis of results obtained from 305 sample surveys and verified the direct and indirect influence relationships among variables in the model with structural equation path coefficient and mediation effect. The empirical results show that: firstly, paradox cognition has a positive and significant impact on the industrial green production behavior. The higher the level of paradox cognition, the more likely the enterprises are to implement the industrial green production behavior. Secondly, paradox cognition can improve the potential performance of enterprises by affecting “green product provision”, “green production management”, and “green production technology”, and then indirectly improve the financial performance of enterprises. Full article
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