Special Issue "Entrepreneurship and Eco-Innovation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. João Leitão
Guest Editor
Department of Management and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Beira Interior, Estrada do Sineiro, 6200 209 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: entrepreneurship; business models; innovation; public policy
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Prof. Dr. Oliver Mauroner
Guest Editor
Fachbereich Wirtschaft—School of Business, Hochschule Mainz—University of Applied Sciences, Lucy-Hillebrand-Str. 2, 55128 Mainz, Germany
Interests: entrepreneurship; innovation; SMEs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The importance and influence of the Theory of Entrepreneurship has been increasing not only in terms of impact among academic scholars and managers of startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but especially in terms of scientific support for designing innovative public policies, which are aimed to promote eco-efficient and environmentally friendly practices at the firm level, independently of its dimension, age, research and development (R&D) intensity, family control, or stage of the life cycle.

In this context, eco-innovation has attracted a growing interest among scholars interested in entrepreneurship and innovation topics, who notably dedicate their research endeavours to unveiling the determinant factors of eco-innovation. Nevertheless, the emergent literature on the eco-innovation determinants still lacks further efforts using different research lenses. For example, additional research is required to advance knowledge about Kaizen philosophy, lean principles adoption, lean startups, etc., since there is a limited number of both theoretical and empirical applications dealing with these still unexplored problems, which are intended as critical factors for fostering economic and innovative performance throughout the life cycle of the firm. So far, only a few of these factors have been explored in the literature on interrelated topics such as eco-innovation, project management, and growth dynamics, or from a resouce-based or dynamic capabilities approach. There is still room for exploring different benchmarks or cases on economic activity sectors or firms implementing eco-innovation solutions at different levels of the value chain, as well as designing and adopting advanced environmental management systems funded on the ISO 14001 and ISO 5000 standards.

This Special Issue aims to congregate a selected set of high-quality manuscripts on the main determinant factors of eco-innovation; and to provide useful information and knowledge not only for managers of startups and SMEs but also to all internal and external stakeholders involved in the innovation process.

In addition, this Special Issue is designed to provide pathways for a renewed research agenda on entrepreneurship and eco-innovation, as well as new insights, which can stimulate and guide sectors and firms with different ages, sizes, and R&D intensities, in the context of a highly competitive processes, aiming to increase investments in innovative activities related to products, processes, services, organisational methods, and marketing, as well as the organisation and implementation of activities incorporating intensive knowledge and technology oriented to sustainability and eco-efficiency.

This Special Issue is focused on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Determinants of eco-innovation;
  • Eco-efficiency of high-growth firms;
  • Eco-innovation throughout the life cycle of the firm;
  • Eco-innovation and firm growth;
  • Eco-innovative business models;
  • Entrepreneurship and environmental effects;
  • Entrepreneurship and sustainable energy systems;
  • Green entrepreneurship;
  • Innovative performance of startups;
  • Open innovation and eco-innovation;
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship.

Prof. Dr. João Leitão
Prof. Dr. Oliver Mauroner
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Business models
  • Eco-innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Life cycle of the firm
  • Open innovation
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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