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Special Issue "Intellectual Capital and Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Agustín J. Sánchez-Medina

Instituto Universitario de Ciencias y Tecnologías Cibernéticas (IUCTC), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 30, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
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Interests: business intelligence; intellectual capital; sustainability management
Guest Editor
Dr. Jesús B. Alonso-Hernández

Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communications (IDeTIC), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Desp. D-102, Pab. B, Edificios de Electrónica y Telecomunicaciones, Campus de Tafira, 35017,Las Palmas, Spain
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Interests: signal processing , nonlinear signal processing, speech processing, speech recognition systems, biometrics, audio characterization and machine learning
Guest Editor
Dr. Jesús Arteaga-Ortiz

Economics and Business Management Department, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 30, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
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Interests: international business; sustainability management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The importance of intellectual capital as a strategic resource has been known since ancient times, when civilizations such as the Greek or Egyptian showed the first evidence of knowledge coding on their libraries. However, it was not until the last decade of the previous century that a more widely accepted definition was achieved on academic literature on the concept of intellectual capital. Henceforth, firms’ interest in such topics has exhibited a rapid growth, which is more notable in firms whose benefits originate primarily from innovation and knowledge-intensive services. Nevertheless, this is not only a topic applicable to firms. Intellectual capital management is also pertinent for governmental and no lucrative organizations. Its study of the territories should not be ignored because, although few have so far studied their wealth on intellectual capital terms, there is no debate over the importance of intellectual capital on territory development.

The academic community has not been incognizant of this interest of firms and territories. Proof of this is the fact that while a search for the topic “Intellectual Capital” on the Web of Science brings up less than 50 articles per year over the first five years of the present century, one decade later, this search obtains over 200 articles yearly.

On the other hand, and as a consequence of the importance of this topic, academic works found on the Web of Science treating different aspects of sustainability have significantly grown over the last few years. Thus, we have progressed from almost 1100 articles in 2000 to about 19,000 in 2018. Still, when in such a search, the topics of intellectual capital and sustainability merge, the results are vastly inferior at just over 10 in 2015. Consequently, there is still an important deficit when it comes to papers studying the relationship between intellectual capital management and sustainability, both in firms and territories.

Therefore, with the objective of increasing the knowledge on this topic, the purpose of this Special Issue is to publish articles of empirical research and theoretical high-quality reviews that study the relation between intellectual capital and sustainability. Papers may address this issue under an organization and territory point of view, always linked to aspects relative to sustainability, observed under any of its dimensions, be they environmental, social or economic.

Dr. Agustín J. Sánchez-Medina
Dr. Jesús B. Alonso
Dr. Jesús Arteaga-Ortiz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Intellectual capital and sustainability
  • Human capital and sustainability
  • Relational capital and sustainability
  • Structural capital and sustainability
  • Capital renewal and development, and sustainability
  • Decision support systems and sustainability
  • Technology innovation and sustainability
  • Smart management and sustainability
  • Predictive models and sustainability
  • Innovation and sustainability
  • Monitoring of sustainability

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Leadership and Organizational Culture in the Sustainability of Subsistence Small Businesses: An Intellectual Capital Based View
Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3491; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123491
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 12 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
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The concept of leadership is complex and has been studied from multiple approaches, especially from the psychological field and from the field of management. Small businesses created as way of subsistence for the entrepreneur and their family present a limited leadership. The cultural [...] Read more.
The concept of leadership is complex and has been studied from multiple approaches, especially from the psychological field and from the field of management. Small businesses created as way of subsistence for the entrepreneur and their family present a limited leadership. The cultural traditions of the forestry industry are based on the culture and indigenous know-how of the territory, especially affecting small timber businesses, the small businesses working in timber activities. This paper analyzed the interrelation between culture and leadership in the process of generating performance from sustainable competitive advantages using partial least squares (PLS) techniques. The results show that culture and leaderships are sources of competitive advantage in subsistence small businesses, but culture does not generate competitiveness directly; an organizational culture needs to act through entrepreneurial leadership. Full article
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