Special Issue "Innovation and Technology Management and 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: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lorenzo Ardito
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Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Interests: innovation management; technology management; sustainability
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Prof. Vito Albino
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Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Interests: innovation management; project management; industrial symbiosis
Prof. Achille Claudio Garavelli
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Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Interests: finance; business planning
Prof. Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo
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Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Interests: corporate social responsibility; social innovation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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?

Suggested readings

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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Keywords

  • technology management
  • innovation management
  • sustainable development
  • environmental sustainability
  • environmental innovation
  • social sustainability
  • social innovation
  • digital transformation

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Towards Rail-Road Online Exchange Platforms in EU-Freight Transportation Markets: An Analysis of Matching Supply and Demand in Multimodal Services
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10321; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410321 - 10 Dec 2020
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The European Union (EU) is confronted with too low a share of inland rail freight transport. The implementation of two-sided online exchanges for rail-road freight transport could increase this share. However, such exchanges focusing on the EU market are mainly designed for single [...] Read more.
The European Union (EU) is confronted with too low a share of inland rail freight transport. The implementation of two-sided online exchanges for rail-road freight transport could increase this share. However, such exchanges focusing on the EU market are mainly designed for single modes of transport. Their matching of supply and demand for multimodal services, especially including rail, is still in its infancy. This paper applies a maturity growth framework to speed up the implementation of such multimodal online exchanges. The framework integrates insights from industrial organization theory, platform economy theory, and maturity growth theory. Online exchanges, summarized in a new taxonomy, are compared to study their practices on matching supply with demand on the exchange, especially for multimodal services. Data is collected from case studies, exchange websites and semi-structured interviews. The analysis shows the emergence of new market actors and business models, including digital freight forwarders. These offer a variety of transport mode solutions for EU inland and EU related global freight transport. Maturity in matching supply and demand appears to result from clear objectives to provide benefits to the exchange participants, notably by digitizing the data for transaction completion and providing real time support for operational issues. In this context of rising online exchanges, especially in road and global multimodal transport (air, ocean, and road), the competition to capture a fragmented freight market seems to steadily increase. A similar maturity analysis of exchanges could not be found. Full article
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The Effects of Financing Channels on Enterprise Innovation and Life Cycle in Chinese A-Share Listed Companies: An Empirical Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6704; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176704 - 19 Aug 2020
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This paper offers an empirical analysis of the effects of financing channels on innovation and the regulatory effect of the enterprise life cycle based on data published from 2008 to 2017 on publicly traded companies in China. The results show that government subsidies, [...] Read more.
This paper offers an empirical analysis of the effects of financing channels on innovation and the regulatory effect of the enterprise life cycle based on data published from 2008 to 2017 on publicly traded companies in China. The results show that government subsidies, tax preferences, self-owned funds, and equity financing have significant positive incentives for enterprise innovation, and the incentive intensity is gradually weakened while bank loans will hinder enterprise innovation. The impacts of various financing channels on enterprise innovation vary with the different stages of the enterprise life cycle, and the overall performance is weakened with the advancement of the life cycle. According to the grouping research of property rights, it is found that the impacts of various financing channels on the innovation of non-state-owned enterprises are more significant than those of state-owned enterprises. Further research finds that the influence of each financing channel on enterprise innovation is U-shaped or inverted U-shaped, indicating that there is a moderate range of each financing channel. This study is of great significance to fully understand the impacts of various financing channels on enterprise innovation and the regulatory role of the enterprise life cycle and to optimize the allocation of innovation resources. Full article
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The Influence of the Knowledge-Based Network Structure Hole on Enterprise Innovation Performance: The Threshold Effect of R&D Investment Intensity
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 6155; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156155 - 30 Jul 2020
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The purpose of innovation is to consume fewer natural resources in order to create sustainable performance; therefore, innovation can ease the pressure of the ecological load and promote the sustainable development of the economy. Taking the 269 enterprises listed on the main board [...] Read more.
The purpose of innovation is to consume fewer natural resources in order to create sustainable performance; therefore, innovation can ease the pressure of the ecological load and promote the sustainable development of the economy. Taking the 269 enterprises listed on the main board of the electronic information industry from 2010 to 2019 as samples, using the threshold panel data model, the nonlinear relationship between the knowledge-based network structure hole and the short-term and long-term innovation performance of the enterprises were studied, and the threshold effect of R&D investment intensity was discussed. When the R&D investment intensity is from 1.96% to 15.96%, the knowledge-based network structure hole has a significant positive impact on short-term innovation performance. When the R&D investment intensity is from 5.72% to 10.64%, the knowledge-based network structure hole has a significant positive effect on long-term innovation performance. Lower R&D investment intensity can make the knowledge-based network structure hole promote the increase of short term innovation performance, but to make the knowledge-based network structure hole have a positive impact on long term innovation performance, the R&D investment intensity should be increased by more than 5.72%. When R&D investment intensity is not higher than 15.96%, the knowledge-based network structure hole has a significant positive impact on short term innovation performance, but to make the knowledge-based network structure hole maintain the positive effect on long term innovation performance, R&D investment intensity should not exceed 10.64%. Therefore, enterprises should be guided to optimize the knowledge-based network structure according to the R&D investment intensity in order to improve the short term and long-term innovation performance of an enterprise. These research results can help enterprises to save resources and promote the sustainable development of the economy. Full article
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An Institutional Approach to Digitalization in Sustainability-Oriented Infrastructure Projects: The Limits of the Building Information Model
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3893; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093893 - 10 May 2020
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The transport sector accounts for a large share of global Co2 emissions. To mitigate the impact of climate change, several sustainability-oriented large-scale infrastructure projects such as electric road systems and expanding rail systems have recently been on the policy agenda. A parallel development [...] Read more.
The transport sector accounts for a large share of global Co2 emissions. To mitigate the impact of climate change, several sustainability-oriented large-scale infrastructure projects such as electric road systems and expanding rail systems have recently been on the policy agenda. A parallel development that is expected to accelerate the transition of the transport sector is digitalization, which, although ongoing for many decades, has recently been augmented by concepts such as artificial intelligence (AI) and smart city technologies. The integration of these digitalization tools at the organizational level poses not only opportunities but also some challenges for the actors involved in infrastructure projects. An approach that is currently promoted in the infrastructure sector is the Building Information Model (BIM), which is a decision-making instrument that leverages various digitalization tools and applications. However, although the economic implications of BIM are widely discussed in the literature, the (inter-) organizational dynamics involving multiple actors in infrastructure projects are not fully grasped. Large infrastructure projects are sociotechnical endeavors embedded in complex institutional frames; hence the institutional norms, practices and logics in them are significant. Responding to this, this paper adopted an institutional analysis and put the BIM approach in the (inter-) organizational context in infrastructure delivery. Drawing on empirical data from three organizations in infrastructure delivery in Spain, this paper analyzed the tensions among actors during BIM adoption and implementation. Full article
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Innovation Mode and Optimization Strategy of B2C E-Commerce Logistics Distribution under Big Data
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3381; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083381 - 21 Apr 2020
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With the advent of big data era and rapid development of Internet technology, e-commerce has had a strong development tendency that causes many problems, such as redundant and complex business processes, low efficiency and a high cost for e-commerce logistics in the distribution [...] Read more.
With the advent of big data era and rapid development of Internet technology, e-commerce has had a strong development tendency that causes many problems, such as redundant and complex business processes, low efficiency and a high cost for e-commerce logistics in the distribution sector. It is not difficult to conclude that the key to improving logistics distribution efficiency—and reduce logistics distribution costs—is to optimize logistics distribution under big data. In this study, the management model, influence factors and development status of B2C e-commerce logistics distribution under big data are analyzed in detail. Then big data processing, business process and route optimization strategies for B2C e-commerce logistics distribution under big data are deeply studied. Furthermore, an optimization model of product sales and logistics distribution of B2C e-commerce by big data platform is discussed in order to propose an innovative optimization strategy for B2C e-commerce logistics distribution under big data. Big data technology is applied in B2C e-commerce logistics business management, which is studied in detail. These findings achieve the optimal distribution of B2C e-commerce, reduce the B2C e-commerce logistics distribution cost and improve the B2C e-commerce logistics distribution efficiency under big data. In addition, enhanced competitiveness of B2C e-commerce logistics distribution is examined in this study. This study provides a reference for follow-up big data studies in the field of e-commerce. Full article
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