Special Issue "Trends in Emerging Markets, Globalization, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Management Strategies as a Result of Cross-Border Cooperation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
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Prof. Natanya Meyer
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Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, 2195 Johannesburg, South Africa
Interests: entrepreneurship; female entrepreneurs; economic growth and development
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Francois Meyer
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Interests: development economics; sustainable development; econometric models; regional development
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Dear Colleagues,

As globalization advances, trends and shifts in society can be seen influencing several economic and socioeconomic aspects. As cross-border cooperation has been increasing across various regions, this leads to a variety of changes in markets, both established and emerging, trading methods, and management aspects. As a result of this, it is important to study the changes, either negative or positive, on an economic and social level emanating from this phenomenon. The interrelationship between international environments, transactions, and cooperation projects can trigger a long-lasting process of transforming economic and socioeconomic conditions, leading to more enabling and sustainable cities, societies, and regions. The results from new and stronger business networks and cluster environments created through cooperation projects, strategies, synergies, and transactions are already reshaping the socioeconomic European panorama.

Contextually, the present Special Issue (SI) expects to cross and analyze the dynamics and patterns ongoing in this international environments—bearing in mind the sustainability principles and the related issues that may influence it. Thus, the international environments and their relationship with emerging markets, not only in Europe but all over the globe, as well as the rising phenomenon of economic development and entrepreneurship, are just some examples of the issues that will be expected to be discussed within this SI.

Thus, the editors encourage the submission of works related to the topics of international relationships, international business, international trade, economic development, cross-border cooperation, common planning, emerging markets, entrepreneurship, sustainable planning, territorial governance, and management, among many others that could relate to the main scope of the SI and consequently provide new and enriched literature regarding the importance of cross-border cooperation.

References:

Castanho, R.A.; Loures, L.; Cabezas, J.; Fernández-Pozo, L. Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) in Southern Europe—An Iberian Case Study. The Eurocity Elvas-Badajoz. Sustainability 2017, 9, 360. doi: 10.3390/su9030360.

Kurowska-Pysz, J.; Castanho, R.A.; Loures, L. Sustainable Planning of Cross-Border Cooperation: A Strategy for Alliances in Border Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1416. doi: 10.3390/su10051416.

Kurowska-Pysz, J.; Szczepańska-Woszczyna, K. The Analysis of the Determinants of Sustainable Cross-Border Cooperation and Recommendations on Its Harmonization. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2226. doi: 10.3390/su9122226.

Meyer, D.F, de Bruyn, C & Meyer, N. 2017. The importance of tourism in regional economic development: A time-series analysis. Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism, Volume VIII, Issue 4(20):784-797.

Meyer, D.F. & Meyer, N. 2016. The relationship between the creation of an enabling environment and economic development: A comparative analysis of management at local government sphere. Polish Journal of Management Studies, Vol 14(2):150-160.

Meyer, D.F. & Meyer, N. 2019. Assessment of Inclusive Growth performance: A comparative analysis of the BRICS countries. Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, 15(4): 191-207.

Meyer, D.F., Meyer, N. & Neethling, J.R. 2016. Perceptions of business owners on service delivery and the creation of an enabling environment. Administratio Publica, Vol 24(3), 52-73.

Meyer, N. & Meyer, D.F. 2016. The Creation of an Enabling Environment for small businesses to prosper by Local Government through Service Delivery and Management. Paper presented at the 6th International Scientific Conference of Management in High Tatras, Slovakia on 29 September 2016 to 2 October 2016. p. 123-129.

Meyer, N. & Meyer, D.F. 2017. An econometric analysis of entrepreneurial activity, economic growth and employment: The case of the BRICS countries. International Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 11(2):429-441.

Meyer, N. 2018. Local government and the creation of an enabling environment: Perceptions of female entrepreneurs. Paper presented at the 7th International Scientific Conference of Management in High Tatras, Slovakia on 26 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. p. 835-841.

Paunović, I.; Jovanović, V. Implementation of Sustainable Tourism in the German Alps: A Case Study. Sustainability 2017, 9, 226. doi: 10.3390/su9020226.

Schenone, C.; Marrè Brunenghi, M.; Pittaluga, I.; Hajar, A.; Kamali, W.; Montaresi, F.; Rasheed, M.; Wahab, A.A.; El Moghrabi, Y.; Manasrah, R.; Merhaby, D.; Montani, L. Managing European Cross Border Cooperation Projects on Sustainability: A Focus on MESP Project. Sustainability 2017, 9, 112. doi: 10.3390/su9010112.

Schipper, R.P.J.R.; Silvius, A.J.G. Characteristics of Smart Sustainable City Development: Implications for Project Management. Smart Cities 2018, 1, 75-97. doi: 10.3390/smartcities1010005.

Wróblewski, Ł.; Dziadzia, B.; Dacko-Pikiewicz, Z. Sustainable Management of the Offer of Cultural Institutions in the Cross-Border Market for Cultural Services—Barriers and Conditions. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3253. doi: 10.3390/su10093253.

Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
Prof. Natanya Meyer
Prof. Daniel Francois Meyer
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Keywords

  • cross-border cooperation
  • economic development, emerging markets
  • entrepreneurship
  • common planning
  • international relationships
  • international trade, sustainable planning
  • enabling environment, territorial governance and management

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Bibliometric Literature Analysis of a Multi-Dimensional Sustainable Development Issue: Energy Poverty
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9780; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179780 - 31 Aug 2021
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Energy plays a critical role in building a sustainable future—economically, socially, and environmentally. Energy poverty holds a similarly prominent position and covers certain economic, social and environmental issues that are underlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Due to its multidimensional role [...] Read more.
Energy plays a critical role in building a sustainable future—economically, socially, and environmentally. Energy poverty holds a similarly prominent position and covers certain economic, social and environmental issues that are underlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Due to its multidimensional role in plans for achieving sustainable development, there is a growing body of literature focusing on various aspects of energy poverty. This study conducts a bibliometric analysis of this literature by utilizing more extensive data from the Web of Science, covering all information on energy poverty studies. The analysis reveals how energy poverty has attracted attention over time, who the leading authors are, which studies constitute outstanding contributions to the literature, which different sides of the research topic stand out, and also highlights the potential research gaps. The results reveal all the network flows among researchers, publications, journals, keywords, organizations, co-cited publications, and bibliographic coupling for energy poverty studies. The findings confirm the increasing popularity of energy poverty as a topic and demonstrate the increasing awareness of the issue in academia over time. Full article
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Do Public–Private Partnership Investment in Energy and Technological Innovation Matter for Environmental Sustainability in the East Asia and Pacific Region? An Application of a Frequency Domain Causality Test
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3039; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063039 - 10 Mar 2021
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Environmental sustainability is an important issue for current scholars and policymakers in the East Asian and Pacific region. The causal and long-run effects of technological innovation, public–private partnership investment in energy, and renewable energy consumption on environmental sustainability in the East Asian and [...] Read more.
Environmental sustainability is an important issue for current scholars and policymakers in the East Asian and Pacific region. The causal and long-run effects of technological innovation, public–private partnership investment in energy, and renewable energy consumption on environmental sustainability in the East Asian and Pacific regions have not been comprehensively explored while taking into account the role of economic growth using quarterly data for the period 1992–2015. Therefore, the present study aims to close this literature gap using econometric approaches, namely Bayer–Hanck cointegration, autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL), dynamic ordinary least square (DOLS), and fully modified ordinary least square (FMOLS) tests. Furthermore, the study utilizes the frequency domain causality test to capture the causal impact of public–private partnership investment in energy, renewable energy consumption, technological innovation, and economic growth on CO2 emissions. The advantage of the frequency domain causality test is that it can capture the causality between short-term, medium-term, and long-term variables. The outcomes of the ARDL, FMOLS and DOLS show that renewable energy consumption and technological innovation mitigate CO2 emissions, while public–private partnership investment in energy and economic growth increase CO2 emissions. Moreover, the frequency causality test outcomes reveal that technological innovation, public–private partnership investment in energy, and renewable energy consumption cause CO2 emissions, particularly in the long-term. Thus, as a policy recommendation, the present study recommends promoting renewable energy consumption by focusing more on technological innovation in the East Asia and Pacific regions. Full article
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Human Resources Training Needs in the Small and Medium Enterprises from Cross-Border Area Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2150; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042150 - 17 Feb 2021
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The research aim was to identify the training needs of entrepreneurs and employees within small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the Suceava, Chernivtsi, and Bălți regions, to analyze the specific training practices in the cross-border area, and to identify the common features or [...] Read more.
The research aim was to identify the training needs of entrepreneurs and employees within small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the Suceava, Chernivtsi, and Bălți regions, to analyze the specific training practices in the cross-border area, and to identify the common features or the disparities. The research contains an exploratory survey, based on a semi-structured questionnaire that investigates the training needs in the SMEs and specific training practices with a comparative approach. The results relate to the challenges faced by transformation economies and by the specificities of SMEs from these remote areas. Additionally, the research connects the factors involved in planning and delivering training programs for employees in SMEs in this EU peripheral area with the weaknesses of the companies in facing the market competitive economy. The results of the survey disclosed some common features and specificities related to training needs, training responsibilities, and interests in the SMEs from this cross-border area. The discussions are relevant for different categories of stakeholders, at the micro-level, for the management of the companies, but also on a larger scale, in planning the new development programs for the labor market in the targeted areas. Full article
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Youth Labor Market Integration in European Regions
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3813; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093813 - 07 May 2020
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Countries’ institutional configurations and structural characteristics play an important role in shaping transitions from school to work. Recent empirical evidence shows significant regional and territorial differences in youth unemployment and labor market participation. Along this research strand, we argue in favor of a [...] Read more.
Countries’ institutional configurations and structural characteristics play an important role in shaping transitions from school to work. Recent empirical evidence shows significant regional and territorial differences in youth unemployment and labor market participation. Along this research strand, we argue in favor of a place-sensitive approach to youth labor market integration in order to address the regional disparities of young people’s opportunities. In order to investigate the synergic effect of different contextual configurations, we construct a composite measure, namely, the youth labor market integration (YLMI) index. This considers a wide range of indicators of the access, exclusion, and duration of the transition into employment at the regional level. The YLMI index allows cross-regional and longitudinal comparisons of the European Union (EU) local labor markets and youth employment opportunities. Full article
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High-Growth Aspirations of Entrepreneurs in Latin America: Do Alliances Matter?
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2867; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072867 - 03 Apr 2020
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This study considers how the formation and implementation strategies of a Latin America alliance between four of the best economic performance countries in the region have impacted the quality of entrepreneurship in these countries. To this end, we studied the Pacific Alliance (PA) [...] Read more.
This study considers how the formation and implementation strategies of a Latin America alliance between four of the best economic performance countries in the region have impacted the quality of entrepreneurship in these countries. To this end, we studied the Pacific Alliance (PA) and employed an ordered probit model with sample selection bias and statistical information from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) database for the 2012–2017 period. As a dependent variable, we used the growth aspiration of entrepreneurs as a proxy to measure the future growth of the company, from which a possible economic impact could be inferred. The evidence shows that during the implementation period of the PA, there is a positive impact on entrepreneur growth aspirations in member countries; the likelihood that entrepreneurs have high-growth aspirations is found to be greater during and after the implementation period than before the signing of the PA. Likewise, it was found that motivation, gender, education, skills, innovation (as perceived by the entrepreneur), export level, two pillars of the global competitiveness index (GCI), and the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate explain the growth aspirations of entrepreneurs in the member countries during the period under study. Full article
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Transforming Turkish Universities to Entrepreneurial Universities for Sustainability: From Strategy to Practice
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1496; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041496 - 17 Feb 2020
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Today, universities are seen as the main actors of technological change, innovation, and social development; this situation causes new roles for universities, as well as forces them to change. At present, universities face very important expectations such as research and entrepreneurial activities by [...] Read more.
Today, universities are seen as the main actors of technological change, innovation, and social development; this situation causes new roles for universities, as well as forces them to change. At present, universities face very important expectations such as research and entrepreneurial activities by providing the industry–university cooperation along with education and training. In order to manage that transformation, it is seen that the universities across the world evolve to context of entrepreneurial university. Within this general framework, the main objective of this research is to determine where Turkish universities stand on the transformation of entrepreneurial university. In order to achieve this goal, 68 public universities’ strategic plans, which are thought to reflect the intentions for the future, were subjected to content analysis. The findings showed that the majority of universities in our country did not have entrepreneurial university features but they have strong intention and desire for a transformation in this direction. Full article
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Analysis of Wavelet Coherence: Service Sector Index and Economic Growth in an Emerging Market
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6684; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236684 - 26 Nov 2019
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The present study aims to shed some light on the causal link between the Service Sector Index in the Turkish stock market and economic growth using a wavelet coherence approach. Thus, the present study determines whether the Service Sector Index leads to economic [...] Read more.
The present study aims to shed some light on the causal link between the Service Sector Index in the Turkish stock market and economic growth using a wavelet coherence approach. Thus, the present study determines whether the Service Sector Index leads to economic growth in Turkey and/or vice versa. Based on our aim, we use the wavelet coherence approach, which allows us to capture long-run and short-run causal linkages between the Service Sector Index and economic growth in Turkey, since the approach combines both time domain causality and frequency domain causality tests. The findings from wavelet coherence reveal that there is one-way causality running from the Service Sector Index to economic growth in Turkey at different frequencies and different periods between 1997 and 2017. Full article
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Government Size and Regional Capital Flows in China
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6653; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236653 - 25 Nov 2019
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Capital flows are key variables supporting the sustainability of economic growth. Based on a dataset of 31 provinces in China over 1997–2014, this paper utilizes the system generalized method of moments (System GMM) to investigate the determinants of capital flows and analyses the [...] Read more.
Capital flows are key variables supporting the sustainability of economic growth. Based on a dataset of 31 provinces in China over 1997–2014, this paper utilizes the system generalized method of moments (System GMM) to investigate the determinants of capital flows and analyses the impact of government size on capital flows. Preliminary results show that government size exerts a negative effect on capital inflows. Specifically, government spending on capital construction and administration crowds out capital inflows significantly, while government spending on science and technology crowds in capital inflows dramatically. In addition, high quality human capital, advanced financial development, and high-level trade openness are conducive to capital inflows. High tax and labor cost impede capital inflows. These results provide proof for China’s government to reduce the size of government spending appropriately and optimize its government expenditure structure for the purpose of crowding in capital inflows. Full article
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