Special Issue "Business Performance and Socio-environmental Sustainability"

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 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Izabela Jonek-Kowalska
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Computer Science, Faculty of Organization and Management, Silesian University of Technology, 41-809 Zabrze, Poland
Interests: risk and value management in the enterprise; finances in the private and public sectors; sustainable smart cities; industry economics
Prof. Dr. Lilla Knop
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Guest Editor
Department of Management and Logistics, Faculty of Organization and Management, Silesian University of Technology, 41-809 Zabrze, Poland
Interests: strategic management; clusters; business models; Industry 4.0; smart specialisations

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Nowadays, sustainability is the basic condition for the survival and development of every organization and economy. Striving to achieve it in practice is a difficult and complex task, due to the different goals and aspirations of individual organizations and their stakeholders. In recent years, the literature on the subject has given much attention and space to social and environmental aspects of sustainability, apart from economic and business issues. Meanwhile, it must not be forgotten that economic and business goals are the primary premise for starting business activity that drives the development of individual regions and economies. Without their implementation, improving the quality of life of the present and future generations—which constitutes the key idea of ​​sustainable development—is not and will not be possible.

Bearing in mind the above circumstances, the editors of this publication invite the authors to take up the economic and business issues of sustainability and join the search for answers to the following research problems:

  1. What place do economics and business hold in sustainable development?
  2. How do organizations reconcile economic and business goals with ecological and social goals?
  3. How are business models changing in relation to the challenges of sustainable development?
  4. How do modern concepts of managing organizations, business networks, or regions affect the achievement of sustainable development goals?
  5. How do collaborative networks support sustainable development?
  6. What is the importance of smart specializations in sustainable development?
  7. How does the support of local and self-government authorities affect the achievement of sustainable development goals?
  8. How do organizations finance expenses related to the implementation and fulfillment of the principles of sustainable development?
  9. How does sustainability affect the financial performance and value of the organization?
  10. How does the transformation of homo economicus into homo sociologicus proceed?
  11. How do crisis situations affect the sustainable development of organizations and regions?

In the ongoing discussion on the economic and business aspects of sustainability, we want to include all economic entities operating in both the private and public sectors. Therefore, the subjective scope of considerations includes:

  • Enterprises;
  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Cities, villages, regions, economies;
  • Clusters, collaborative networks;
  • Self-government authorities and organizations;
  • Local and regional communities.

The presented research and considerations will allow for a multifaceted analysis of the controversial problem of reconciling economic and business priorities with social and environmental ones. In this way, the topic concerning the harmonization of all aspects of sustainable development and the adaptation of organizations, societies, and economies to the assumptions related to such development will be supplemented and developed. Knowledge about economic, financial, and business barriers, needs, and results of the pursuit of sustainability will also be acquired, which will not only enable the presentation of an unusual methodological and research approach but also provide practical information and recommendations that can be used in making and improving decisions regarding directions and activities for implementing the idea of sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Izabela Jonek-Kowalska
Prof. Dr. Lilla Knop
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • business models in sustainable development
  • collaborative networks and sustainable development
  • smart specializations and sustainable development of organizations and regions
  • crisis situations and sustainable development
  • new concepts of management in the sustainable development of the organization
  • financing of sustainable development
  • economic effects and benefits of sustainable development
  • the role of economics in creating sustainability
  • marginalization versus prioritization of economic goals in the organization
  • homo economicus and homo sociologicus

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Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in a Country Deficient in Mineral Resources: The Case of the Republic of Moldova
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3261; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063261 - 16 Mar 2021
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The energy sector is an essential element in an economy’s infrastructure, so a deficit of national mineral resources makes the energy sector dependent on imports of raw materials, which in turn can negatively affect a country’s energy security. The sustainable development of the [...] Read more.
The energy sector is an essential element in an economy’s infrastructure, so a deficit of national mineral resources makes the energy sector dependent on imports of raw materials, which in turn can negatively affect a country’s energy security. The sustainable development of the energy sector for countries with transitioning economies should be based on the energy trilemma. Four principles are proposed: diversification of energy resources and energy generation sources, ensuring energy efficiency, ensuring energy affordability, and green energy production. Based on a comparative analysis of the economic and energy indicators (for the years 2014 to 2019) of European countries that are not members of the European Union, the situation in the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova is classified as critical and its fundamental issues are identified (107th place in the World Energy Trilemma Index). The main objectives of the study are: (1) To analyze energy and economic efficiency as well as the conditions for and problems of the functioning of the energy sector in countries with transition economies (using non-European Union countries as an example); (2) To present a substantiation of the directions for development of the energy sector in countries with transition economies that lack energy resources (using the Republic of Moldova as an example), taking into account the identified factors and principles of sustainable development; (3) To develop an economic and mathematical model for assessing the directions for the development of the energy sector in countries with transition economies using multiple-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Decision-making methods can be used to select strategic development alternatives, particularly in the energy sector. MCDA has several advantages and uses in the following situations: comparing several alternatives; identifying the most preferable and unacceptable alternatives; comparing alternatives based on several (sometimes conflicting) criteria; looking for a compromise in a situation where different stakeholders have conflicting goals or values. A methodology including a system of 7 indicators and an economic and mathematical model for assessing development paths for the energy sector in countries with transition economies were developed that are based on multiple-criteria decision analysis. An algorithm and a computer program were developed to carry out MCDA and select the best development path for the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova. The article presents a rationale for choosing the best option regarding the development of the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova, which is a country with a deficit of its own energy resources. Full article
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