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).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Interests: Cross-border cooperation; common planning; funds management; international relationships; sustainable planning; territorial governance and management
Dr. Natanya Meyer
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, South Africa
Interests: Entrepreneurship; local economic development; enabling environment; public and business management
Prof. Daniel Francois Meyer
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, South Africa
Interests: local economic development; economics; international trade; tourism; small business development; enabling environment
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Special Issue Information

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.


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
Dr. Natanya Meyer
Prof. Daniel Francois Meyer
Guest Editors

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  • 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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