Special Issue "Knowledge Sharing and Sustainable Development"

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: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Meir Russ
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Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professor in Business, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business; University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Green Bay, WI 54311, USA
Interests: knowledge-management (KM) and knowledge-based (KB) aspects in the new economy at the company, regional, and global levels of analysis; and human capital in the knowledge-driven economy, and the way that companies are managing and measuring the value of their human assets as well as sharing knowledge.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As new knowledge and the data-intensive economy continues to evolve, in view of the accelerating technological revolution and pressures from ecological threats and the Covid 19 pandemic, knowledge and data management is being recognized as a key business asset and a crucial component of national, organizational, and individual strategies. The need for a circular and agile economy at every scale (e.g., regional, national, and global) and for sustainable development has never been more acutely evident. The ability to share knowledge, therefore, is quickly becoming vital to secure and maintain organizational survival and success. Moreover, artificial intelligence, digitalization, platformization, and data management are changing the landscape of knowledge and social and human capital management, creating new strategic opportunities and threats while enabling new venues and ventures.

For this Special Issue, knowledge management (KM) is recognized as a socio-technical phenomenon in which the basic social constituents such as person, team, and organization require interaction with ICT applications to support a strategy and add value to the organization while improving the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of an ecosystem. In this context, knowledge sharing (KS) will be defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged among, within, or between agents.

Sustainable development has been defined as economic and social development that meets the economic, social, and environmental needs of the present generation without conceding the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With growing pressure from customers and regulators toward environmental and social issues, companies are increasingly expected to shoulder greater responsibility for making sustainable development a swift reality. This requires policymakers, planners, and management to balance economic, business, social, and environmental concerns and outcomes. For that to happen, leaders need to quantify the relationships of all those aspects across different time horizons and link their organizational knowledge base to strategy and outcomes so they can consider the tradeoffs of different alternatives.

To support such endeavors, this Special Issue is encouraging an interdisciplinary fusion between diverse disciplines. Specifically, this call for papers will solicit articles from a multidisciplinary array of scholars, including economic development, financial, systems-networks, IT/IS data/analytics, behavioral, social, environmental ecosystems, governance systems, and other related (e.g., NGOs) ecosystems. Multi-level and multi-discipline chapters that synthesize diverse bodies of knowledge are strongly encouraged. When appropriate, a plurality of empirical methods from diverse disciplines that can enhance the building of a holistic theory of knowledge sharing for sustainable development are also encouraged. The Special Issue welcomes original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles advancing theory, concepts, frameworks, and applications in the field of knowledge sharing for sustainable development. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sharing digital data and platformization for sustainable development
  • Environmental impact of digitization and data sharing
  • Role of networks in KS for sustainable development
  • Leadership and organizational learning for sustainable development
  • Sharing knowledge types (tacit, explicit, embedded)
  • KS for KM Strategies (e.g., exploration and exploitation)
  • Sustainability as a goal and/or a journey
  • Responsible knowledge and data sharing
  • Business models for sustainable development
  • Political economy of sustainable development
  • Positive externalities, knowledge sharing, and sustainable development
  • Role of social capital in knowledge sharing
  • The moderating and/or mediating effect of human capital and KS on sustainable development
  • KS across boundaries
  • Applying AI to KS for sustainable development

Prof. Dr. Meir Russ
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • knowledge
  • sharing
  • boundaries
  • sustainable development
  • information communication technologies (ICTs)
  • social capital
  • human capital

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Formation of Professional Competences and Soft Skills of Public Administration Employees for Sustainable Professional Development
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5533; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105533 - 15 May 2021
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(1) Background: The current situation is bringing about changes manifested in the digitalisation of management processes, the aspects of knowledge management, and the transmission of global risks. Demands in the area of soft skills are increasing. Therefore, this study aims to identify the [...] Read more.
(1) Background: The current situation is bringing about changes manifested in the digitalisation of management processes, the aspects of knowledge management, and the transmission of global risks. Demands in the area of soft skills are increasing. Therefore, this study aims to identify the requirements for competences necessary for the effective performance of job positions in public administration in the Czech Republic, including the mapping of interest in further training. (2) Methods: The data were collected in 2020 via questionnaires from 245 employees in relevant positions. The data were analysed using the correlation analysis method for establishing relationships between variables applying the Pearson correlation coefficient. Gender differences and differences between rank-and-file and executive employees were subjected to the Mann–Whitney U-test. (3) Results: The more competence is required by the employer, the more frequently it is used by employees and the more favourably the workers assess themselves in this competence. At the same time, they have a greater need and are willing to train this particular competence. A significant trend has been identified in the case of executives. Soft skills are used most frequently and the employees would like to further train them. The least interest is shown in project management training. As to professional competences, digital systems are the most frequently used and required. (4) Conclusions: The research suggests trends in the development of modern technologies, digitalisation, and information systems that will contribute to effective work in public administration. Soft skill development in rank-and-file and executive employees will also be needed. Full article
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Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development in the Era of Continuously Accelerating Technological Revolutions: A Framework and Models
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3353; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063353 - 18 Mar 2021
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This conceptual, interdisciplinary paper will start by introducing the commencement of a new era in which human society faces continuously accelerating technological revolutions, named the Post Accelerating Data and Knowledge Online Society, or ‘Padkos’ (“food for the journey; prog; provisions for [...] Read more.
This conceptual, interdisciplinary paper will start by introducing the commencement of a new era in which human society faces continuously accelerating technological revolutions, named the Post Accelerating Data and Knowledge Online Society, or ‘Padkos’ (“food for the journey; prog; provisions for journey”—in Afrikaans) for short. In this context, a conceptual model of sustainable development with a focus on knowledge management and sharing will be proposed. The construct of knowledge management will be unpacked into a new three-layer model with a focus on the knowledge-human and data-machine spheres. Then, each sphere will be discussed with concentration on the learning and decision- making processes, the digital supporting systems and the human actors’ aspects. Moreover, the recombination of new knowledge development and contemporary knowledge management into one amalgamated construct will be proposed. The holistic conceptual model of knowledge management for sustainable development is comprised by time, cybersecurity and two alternative humanistic paradigms (Homo Technologicus and Homo Sustainabiliticus). Two additional particular models are discussed in depth. First, a recently proposed model of quantum organizational decision-making is elaborated. Next, a boundary management and learning process is deliberated. The paper ends with a number of propositions and several implications for the future based on the deliberations in the paper and the models discussed and with conclusions. Full article
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How to Shape the Employees’ Organization Sustainable Green Knowledge Sharing: Cross-Level Effect of Green Organizational Identity Effect on Green Management Behavior and Performance of Members
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 626; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020626 - 11 Jan 2021
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In a period of rapid information development and response to the impact of environmentalism on the company, how to effectively promote organizational members embracing knowledge sharing behavior through knowledge management will be an important issue in corporate green management. This article proposes a [...] Read more.
In a period of rapid information development and response to the impact of environmentalism on the company, how to effectively promote organizational members embracing knowledge sharing behavior through knowledge management will be an important issue in corporate green management. This article proposes a new integrated multi-level research framework based on organizational identity theory and psychological ownership theory to further analyze enterprise green management. Utilizing the data of 73 supervisors and 583 subordinates in Taiwan’s small- or medium-sized enterprises, results of the hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) analysis revealed that green group identification at the team level affects organizational members in terms of green product psychological ownership and green knowledge sharing as well as how green knowledge sharing, green creativity, and green product development performance are influenced when members get their green product psychological ownership. The results of the study validate the antecedents and consequences of green knowledge sharing and broaden the field of knowledge management for green management related to environmental behavior and performance, aside from providing valuable insights for relevant practitioners. Full article
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