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 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
Interests: Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC); international cooperation; strategic and common planning; spatial planning and territorial governance; regional planning; urban and city planning; landscape architecture; agricultural engineering and land management; environmental impact assessment; sustainable tourism
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Dr. Natanya Meyer
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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
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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.

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
Dr. Natanya Meyer
Prof. Daniel Francois Meyer
Guest Editors

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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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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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