Special Issue "Innovation and Technology Management and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: innovation management; technology management; sustainability
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Special Issue in Sustainability: Firm Size and Sustainable Innovation Management II
Interests: innovation management; project management; industrial symbiosis
Interests: finance; business planning
Interests: corporate social responsibility; social innovation
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We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue titled “Innovation and Technology Management and Sustainability”.
Technological innovation and sustainability are becoming more and more intertwined. Indeed, new, innovative technologies can provide a relevant contribution to the reduction of environmental burden and/or the improvement of social conditions, while fostering economic growth. However, there are gaps in the extant literature regarding, on the one hand, what drives the development of “sustainable” technological innovations and what fosters their development, and, on the other hand, what drives the adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations by organizations, what fosters their implementation, and what are the subsequent effects on performance (economic, environmental, and social). The objective of this Special Issue is to invite novel research to fill these gaps. We welcome theoretical, empirical, conceptual, and experimental studies that offer fresh and critical insights. We are open to a wide range of research methods as long as they are consistent with the aims and scope of this Special Issue.
In detail, we welcome submissions that focus on, but are not limited to, the following:
- Which individual-level factors (e.g., values and beliefs) lead to the development/adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations? How?
- Which organizational factors (strategic orientations, organizational structure, top management composition, knowledge management practices, etc.) lead to the development/adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations? How?
- Is the institutional context, e.g., through regulations, the main factor leading to the development/adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations?
- Do open innovation (OI) practices lead to the development/adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations? Which OI practices are the most relevant?
- How do we develop “sustainable” technological innovations that favor subsequent technological development?
- How does technological innovation sustain circular economy initiatives?
- To what extent is sustainability performance improved by adopting “sustainable” technological innovations?
- Does the development/adoption of “sustainable” technological innovations reconcile the tensions between sustainability objectives?
- How do we assess the “sustainability level” of technological innovation?
- Are digital technologies sustainable?
- Does digital transformation favor/hamper sustainability performance?
- Are digital solutions enabling technologies for the development of “sustainable” technological innovations?
Adams, R., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D., & Overy, P. (2016). Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18(2), 180-205.
Ardito, L., Carrillo-Hermosilla, J., del Río, P., & Pontrandolfo, P. (2019). Sustainable Innovation: Processes, Strategies, and Outcomes. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 26(5), 1009-1011.
Ardito, L., & Dangelico Rosa, M. (2018). Firm Environmental Performance under Scrutiny: The Role of Strategic and Organizational Orientations. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 25(4), 426-440.
Ardito, L., Messeni Petruzzelli, A., & Albino, V. (2016). Investigating the Antecedents of General Purpose Technologies: A Patent Perspective in the Green Energy Field. Journal of Engineering and technology management, 39), 81-100.
Ardito, L., Messeni Petruzzelli, A., Pascucci, F., & Peruffo, E. (2019). Inter-Firm R&D Collaborations and Green Innovation Value: The Role of Family Firms' Involvement and the Moderating Effects of Proximity Dimensions. Business Strategy and the Environment, 28(1), 185-197.
Ardito, L., Petruzzelli, A.M., & Ghisetti, C. (2019). The Impact of Public Research on the Technological Development of Industry in the Green Energy Field. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 144), 25-35.
Cheng, C.C.J. (2020). Sustainability Orientation, Green Supplier Involvement, and Green Innovation Performance: Evidence from Diversifying Green Entrants. Journal of Business Ethics, 161(2), 393-414.
Cillo, V., Petruzzelli, A.M., Ardito, L., & Del Giudice, M. (2019). Understanding Sustainable Innovation: A Systematic Literature Review. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 0(0.
Fraccascia, L., Albino, V., & Garavelli, C.A. (2017). Technical Efficiency Measures of Industrial Symbiosis Networks Using Enterprise Input-Output Analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, 183), 273-286.
Gasparin, M., Green, W., Lilley, S., Quinn, M., Saren, M., & Schinckus, C. (2020). Business as Unusual: A Business Model for Social Innovation. Journal of Business Research.
Ghisetti, C., Marzucchi, A., & Montresor, S. (2015). The Open Eco-Innovation Mode. An Empirical Investigation of Eleven European Countries. Research Policy, 44(5), 1080-1093.
Kiefer, C.P., Carrillo-Hermosilla, J., Del Río, P., & Callealta Barroso, F.J. (2017). Diversity of Eco-Innovations: A Quantitative Approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 166(Supplement C), 1494-1506.
Kohler, T., & Chesbrough, H. (2019). From Collaborative Community to Competitive Market: The Quest to Build a Crowdsourcing Platform for Social Innovation. R&D Management, 49(3), 356-368.
Osburg, T., & Lohrmann, C. (2017). Sustainability in a Digital World: New Opportunities through New Technologies. Springer International Publishing.
van der Have, R.P., & Rubalcaba, L. (2016). Social Innovation Research: An Emerging Area of Innovation Studies? Research Policy, 45(9), 1923-1935.
Dr. Lorenzo Ardito
Prof. Vito Albino
Prof. Achille Claudio Garavelli
Prof. Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo
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- technology management
- innovation management
- sustainable development
- environmental sustainability
- environmental innovation
- social sustainability
- social innovation
- digital transformation