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Special Issue "Sustainable Approaches for Industrial Sector"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 2910

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ricardo Simões Santos
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Competitiveness, Governance and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) R&D Unit, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: energy systems; sustainability; industrial engineering and management; soft computing
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Prof. Dr. João Carlos de Oliveira Matias
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GOVCOPP, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: sustainability in general; sustainable energy systems; sustainable industrial engineering and management; sustainable management systems: quality and sustainability; maintenance and sustainability; occupational health and safety and sustainability; sustainable energy; sustainable and lean production; circular economy
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Prof. Dr. Vitor Anes
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1. Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
2. IDMEC-IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: innovation management; sustainable development; decision-making; soft computing; project management; risk management; energy systems
Prof. Dr. Jose Soares
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ADVANCE, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: innovation management; quality management; logistics; supply chain management; production management; operations management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, the increasing globalization of markets, and therefore the rising competition between economic agents, has redefined how our economy and industry work, motivating the emergence of concepts associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as Industry 4.0) and open innovation, given the demands in terms of efficiency and effectiveness required from the organizations.

On the other hand, environmental concerns, and therefore the need to reach a green economy, have driven society to develop new paradigms and concepts, such as circular economy, eco-innovation, industrial symbiosis, and green products.  

There is an understanding that the combination of these concepts leads us towards reaching sustainable development more rapidly by promoting social and economic development while at the same time ensuring the protection of the environment for the next generations.

Furthermore, it has been recognized that the underlying drivers and technologies of Industry 4.0 (towards agile smart manufacturing) combined with open innovation policies and measures might help to promote circular economy towards a more sustainable industry, which brings the need to tackle and explore the numerous synergies between them.

However, the existing research that addresses and, most importantly, integrates such issues to define a set of measures and policies to reach a more sustainable industry is still very scant. Therefore, there are plenty of research issues needing to be addressed.

In this context, the purpose of this Special Issue is to encourage researchers to explore the synergies between the paradigms of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and sustainability in order to promote and speed up the industrial transition into a circular economy by simultaneously promoting the acquisition of sustainable competitive advantage for organizations to enable them to respond quickly to market needs in the future.

To address this area of research, this Special Issue calls for papers that present applied work regarding these issues. Contributions concerning theoretical approaches are also welcome. Topics of interest include but not are limited to the following:

  • Sustainable development approaches in industry;
  • Green product development in open innovation;
  • Green technologies;
  • Green industrial processes;
  • Industrial symbiosis;
  • Quality 4.0;
  • Predictive maintenance;
  • Clean production;
  • Sustainable life cycle assessment;
  • Decision-making in quality management;
  • Sustainable industrial energy systems;
  • Synergies between Industry 4.0 and circular economy;
  • Risk management in open innovation projects;
  • Simulation;
  • Carbon taxes;
  • Cases studies.

Dr. Ricardo Simões Santos
Prof. Dr. João Carlos de Oliveira Matias
Prof. Dr. Vitor Anes
Prof. Dr. Jose Soares
Guest Editors

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  • industry 4.0
  • sustainability
  • decision-making
  • open innovation
  • clean production
  • risk management
  • circular economy
  • clean production
  • industrial symbiosis

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Assessing the Relationship between Market Orientation and Green Product Innovation: The Intervening Role of Green Self-Efficacy and Moderating Role of Resource Bricolage
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11494; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011494 - 18 Oct 2021
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Environmental issues have gradually gained attention in the last decade because of increased global warming and high waste production. Therefore, this article aims to add value to the environment management research by analyzing green product innovation through market orientation. Moreover, this study includes [...] Read more.
Environmental issues have gradually gained attention in the last decade because of increased global warming and high waste production. Therefore, this article aims to add value to the environment management research by analyzing green product innovation through market orientation. Moreover, this study includes green self-efficacy as a mediator, being less focused in the past literature to examine employees’ confidence in innovating green products according to customers’ needs. In addition, resource bricolage is also introduced as a moderator because fewer studies display the empirical results about organizations producing or tend to produce innovated green products with a limited number of resources. Data were collected from 477 employees of small and medium-sized enterprises using a self-administered questionnaire in Pakistan. Empirical results revealed by SmartPLS software delineate that market orientation has a positive and significant impact on green self-efficacy and green product innovation. Moreover, green self-efficacy shows a significant mediation impact between market orientation and green product innovation. Additionally, resource bricolage also moderates the relationship between market orientation and green product innovation. Overall, the study contributes to theoretical and practical knowledge about green product innovation in tackling the world’s environmental issues. Full article
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