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Special Issue "New Business Models: Sustainable. Circular. Inclusive"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Rick Edgeman
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Management Department, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS 67601, USA
Interests: sustainable enterprise excellence; social–ecological innovation; six sigma innovation and design; circular economy complex management systems; systems thinking
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Prof. Jacob Eskildsen
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Management Department, Aarhus University, Aarhus V., 8210, Denmark
Interests: sustainable enterprise excellence; quality management; customer satisfaction; employee satisfaction; performance management; business excellence models
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Prof. Dr. Jan Jönker
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Faculty of Management Sciences, Radboud University, 6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Interests: corporate social responsibility; sustainable development; new business models
Prof. Sjors Witjes
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Faculty of Management Sciences, Rahboud University, 6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Interests: innovation; corporate sustainability
Prof. Dr. Niels R. Faber
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Faculty of Management Sciences, Radboud University, 6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Interests: sustainable enterprise excellence; social–ecological innovation; six sigma innovation and design; circular economy; complex management systems; systems thinking
Prof. Florian Lüdeke-Freund
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Chair for Corporate Sustainability, ESCP Europe Business School, 14059 Berlin, Germany
Interests: sustainable business models; sustainable entrepreneurship; values-based innovation management; alternative business paradigms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing prominence of socially equitable, environmentally sensitive, and economically sound triple top line strategy that—when deftly implemented—sustainably yield socially responsible, ecologically neutral or positive, and financially acceptable triple bottom line performance and impacts has accelerated the need for development, deployment, and assessment of effective and innovative business models. Companion to these elements, the recognition of the importance of responsible use of both renewable and nonrenewable, organic, and technical resources that are keystone to the development of circular economies has also grown. Finally, the myriad challenges faced by societies and enterprises alike highlight the necessity of inclusivity in the ways that societies are formed, enterprises are built, products and services are created and used, and problems are solved. As such, new business models should not only deliver sustainable results but should actively promote circularity and do so in ways that bring all the richness of diversity implied by inclusivity, including the richness brought to bear when individuals who are differently-abled, who look or think differently, who hail from unconventional or disadvantaged backgrounds, or whose cultural experiences are generally alien to whatever then social or enterprise status quo might be.

This Special Issue of Sustainability will comprise manuscripts from the 5th International Conference on New Business Models: Sustainable. Circular. Inclusive. It is possible that additional manuscripts will be used to complement those from the conference. The conference will be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands on 1–2 July 2020 and hosted by Radboud University. See: https://www.nbmconference.eu/ 

Of special interest are manuscripts carefully aligned with the conference theme and that integrate any or all of sustainability, circularity and/or inclusiveness into business models that drive triple top line strategy into triple bottom line performance and impacts. Similarly, manuscripts associated with business models that infuse socially or environmentally motivation innovation are of interest.

Collectively then, this Sustainability Special Issue is focused on New Business Models: Sustainable, Circular, Inclusive.

Prof. Rick Edgeman
Prof. Jacob Eskildsen
Prof. Jan Jönker
Prof. Sjors Witjes
Prof. Dr. Niels R. Faber
Prof. Florian Lüdeke-Freund
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 2000 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

  • circular economy
  • inclusive economy
  • innovation
  • sustainable business models
  • triple bottom line
  • triple top line

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Sustainability Issues in the Traditional Cashmere Supply Chain: Empirical Evidence from Kashmir, India
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10359; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410359 - 11 Dec 2020
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Considering the emerging global markets for the consumption of cashmere products, current sustainability issues prevailing in the traditional cashmere industry are explored in this study. To get a deeper understanding of the sustainability concerns in the cashmere industry, it is important to understand [...] Read more.
Considering the emerging global markets for the consumption of cashmere products, current sustainability issues prevailing in the traditional cashmere industry are explored in this study. To get a deeper understanding of the sustainability concerns in the cashmere industry, it is important to understand the cashmere supply chain operations to uncover the key sustainability issues prevalent in the present-day traditional cashmere industry. For this, a single case study was conducted in Kashmir, India using qualitative approaches. Data collection was carried out using semi-structured interviews, observations, cashmere retailer websites and documentary evidence. Due to the impact of mechanization and lack of industry standards, the research findings indicate deteriorating socio-economic conditions of the artisans; especially, women spinners and weavers. Mechanization promotes economic sustainability for the manufacturers and retailers which helps them strengthen their market base. However, with this, artisan communities are rendered jobless who are dependent on their manual skills for sustenance as they have limited alternate revenue generation options. Moreover, the lack of motivation among the artisans to use institutional support further escalates sustainability concerns in the traditional craft industry. Full article
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