Special Issue "SDGs in the Age of New Industrial Revolutions—Impacts, Trends, and Issues beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Dan-Cristian Dabija
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Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babeș-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: marketing; sustainable marketing; green marketing; green retailing; generational marketing; international retail marketing
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Prof. Dr. Catalina Soriana Sitnikov
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Department of Management, Marketing, Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, 200585 Craiova, Romania
Interests: CSR; sustainability; corporate governance; ISO standards; quality management systems; management; quality management; strategic management
Prof. Dr. Anca Bandoi
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Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, 200585 Craiova, Romania
Interests: financial economics; macroeconomics; monetary economics
Prof. Dr. Dana Danciulescu
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Department of Informatics, Faculty of Science, University of Craiova, 200585 Craiova, Romania
Interests: teaching and learning; e-learning; online learning; distance education; artificial intelligence; knowledge representation
Prof. Dr. Cristinel Vasiliu
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Department of Business, Faculty of Business and Tourism, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: retail logistics; supply chain management; e-logistics; leadership
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the major obstacles on the route to sustainable growth is the restructuring of industrial output. As a result, expectations for New Industrial Revolutions' (Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0) contribution are high. However, little research has been conducted on the relationship between the United Nations 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the one hand, and the digitalization of industrial processes and research and innovation put at the service of the transition to a sustainable, human-centric and resilient industry on the other hand. As a result, it can be claimed that, in order to support sustainable development, sustainability must be an intrinsic part of both Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0 deployment. As a result, the digital manufacturing and research and innovation ideas must take crucial sustainability aspects into account.

This Special Issue is looking for researchers, practitioners, academic members, policymakers, and decisionmakers who are interested in the trends, issues, and impact of SDG development in the context of the evolution and circumstances of 2020.

As a result, this Special Issue will cover a variety of interest areas that address, explain, and detail actions toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as provide an opportunity to explore a variety of issues that have recently arisen, bringing together various themes such as health, education, climate and climate change, globalisation, economy, finance, management, innovation, from the perspective of the SDGs, Industry 4.0, which is enabled by Internet technologies to create smart products, a smart production, and smart services, and Industry 5.0, which brings benefits for industry, for workers and for society, making industries more resilient against external shocks, such as the COVID-19 crisis.

In view of the above, the proposed Special Issue aims to include (but is not limited to) the following topics and questions of interest on the impact of SDGs beyond the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. SDGs and their trends
  2. Industry 4.0 and impact on SDGs
  3. Industry 5.0 and impact on SDGs
  4. Sustainability and digitalisation
  5. Digital manufacturing
  6. E-commerce and digitalisation
  7. Technology and innovation
  8. Innovation promotion
  9. Service innovation
  10. Process innovation
  11. Digitalisation and new techniques influencing the acquisition of SDGs
  12. Vertical networking
  13. Integration of smart technologies
  14. Horizontal integration
  15. Process reengineering
  16. Value chain
  17. Exponential technologies
  18. Resilient infrastructure
  19. Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation
  20. People-Planet-Prosperity from an Industry 4.0 perspective
  21. Sustainable, human-centric and resilient industry from an Industry 5.0 perspective

Prof. Dr. Dan-Cristian Dabija
Prof. Dr. Catalina Soriana Sitnikov
Prof. Dr. Anca Bandoi
Prof. Dr. Dana Danciulescu
Prof. Dr. Cristinel Vasiliu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • SDGs
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industry 5.0
  • sustainability
  • technology
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • data analytics
  • machine learning
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable industry
  • human-centric industry
  • resilient industry
  • environmental compliance
  • COVID-19 pandemic

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E-Commerce and the Factors Affecting Its Development in the Age of Digital Technology: Empirical Evidence at EU–27 Level
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010101 - 23 Dec 2021
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The purpose of this study is to identify the factors influencing e-commerce and to evaluate the long and short-term impacts on the development of e-commerce activity. After establishing the hypotheses to verify, we use multiple panel regressions to test the influence of education [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors influencing e-commerce and to evaluate the long and short-term impacts on the development of e-commerce activity. After establishing the hypotheses to verify, we use multiple panel regressions to test the influence of education level, consumer’s residence, consumer’s labour market status, internet banking, mobile and non-mobile users on the development of e-commerce. For this matter, in this paper, by adopting the fully modified ordinary least squares (FMOLS) method and a vector error correction model (VECM), we performed an empirical analysis of the nexus between education level, consumer’s residence, consumer’s labour market status, internet banking and mobile and non-mobile users and e-commerce, based on panel data for EU–27 countries from 2011 to 2020. The results of the study indicate that all the variables involved in the two econometric models and associated with education level, consumer’s residence, labour market status, internet banking, mobile and non-mobile users, all have significant impacts on the development of e-commerce. Most of the variables positively influence the development of e-commerce except for internet purchases by individuals un-employed and for internet purchases by non-mobile users that are negatively correlated with e-commerce activity. Full article
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Using Social Media Listening in Crisis Communication and Management: New Methods and Practices for Looking into Crises
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13015; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313015 - 25 Nov 2021
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The paper aims to explore new methods and practices for looking into crises in online environments by using social media listening tools and methods. Based on the case of two privately owned hospitals in Romania facing boycotts due to their response to the [...] Read more.
The paper aims to explore new methods and practices for looking into crises in online environments by using social media listening tools and methods. Based on the case of two privately owned hospitals in Romania facing boycotts due to their response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we study the social media conversations on the topic, the emerging themes, the visibility triggered and the impact on the brand and actors involved. Drawing on a social media listening and crisis communication framework, our research looks to unveil the relationship between stakeholders’ expectations and brand promise, aiming to foresee predictive crisis communication and management models. Full article
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Death Reflection and Employee Work Behavior in the COVID-19 New Normal Time: The Role of Duty Orientation and Work Orientation
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11174; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011174 - 10 Oct 2021
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a destructive affair for both workplace and community. However, with the strengthen of global anti-pandemic measures, COVID-19 becomes the norm and there is an increased trend for people to reflect on life or death. Moreover, regardless of its [...] Read more.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a destructive affair for both workplace and community. However, with the strengthen of global anti-pandemic measures, COVID-19 becomes the norm and there is an increased trend for people to reflect on life or death. Moreover, regardless of its facilitating role in advancing organizational behavior (OB) study, very few studies empirically examine the effects of death reflection in the work domain. Drawing on the generativity theory, we identify how death reflection influences employees’ in-role and extra-role performance under the COVID-19 pandemic. A longitudinal study is performed by using multi-source data from 387 employees in China. Our results reveal that the COVID-19-triggered death reflection is associated with the stronger in-role performance and organizational citizenship behaviors. We find that duty orientation is the mechanism that can explain the effects of the COVID-19-triggered death reflection on employees’ work behaviors. Furthermore, employees who reflect on death with high (vs. low) career and calling orientations tend to have higher in-role and extra-role performance, while employees who reflect on death with low (vs. high) job orientation are likely to have lower in-role and extra-role performance. Full article
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The Influence of Romanian Mobile Commerce Companies on Developing Green Innovation
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10075; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810075 - 08 Sep 2021
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Lately, concern for green innovation has expanded in the business environment and many companies see it as a helpful element to gain competitive advantage. Due to the strains of maintaining sustainable businesses, mobile commerce companies are propelled to build up their own green [...] Read more.
Lately, concern for green innovation has expanded in the business environment and many companies see it as a helpful element to gain competitive advantage. Due to the strains of maintaining sustainable businesses, mobile commerce companies are propelled to build up their own green innovation programs and harmonize them with the firm’s management programs. The central scope of this research is to examine the drivers for green innovation within a range of Romania-based mobile commerce companies that operate in different industries. With the aim of identifying the factors that determine the development of green innovation, a conceptual model has been conceived. The dependent variable within the model is the action of the company’s management to develop green innovation. Four independent types of variable structures that have an impact on the development of green innovation in mobile commerce firms were distinguished. The four categories of constructs are business environmental factors (1), green training (2), green supplier development (3), and technological factors (4). An online survey tested the model based on the responses of senior level management representatives from 182 Romanian mobile commerce companies from Bucharest. The validity of the model was fulfilled though factor analysis and reliability tests for the data; a logistic regression analysis was also used to test the research hypotheses. The research revealed that green training embodies the fundamental element enhancing green innovation among Romanian mobile commerce companies. This article benefits both academia and business. Firms could be inspired by the results of this paper to broaden the level of green innovation throughout the Romanian business environment. Full article
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