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Special Issue "Organisation Management for 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: closed (10 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Katarzyna Krot
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering Management, Bialystok University of Technology, O. Tarasiuka 2, 16-001 Kleosin, Poland
Interests: consumer behaviours; relationship marketing; organizational trust
Dr. Krzysztof Stepaniuk
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering Management, Bialystok University of Technology, O. Tarasiuka 2, 16-001 Kleosin, Poland
Interests: information ecology; social networks; memetic content transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Background: The depletion of natural resources, the loss of biodiversity and increasing environmental pollution are more and more frequently included in organisational goals and objectives. Nevertheless, pursuit of environmental sustainability requires the involvement of all employees, reflected in everyday responsible behaviour that takes environmental aspects into account (Ciorcilan, 2017). This means integrating all organisational units around environmental issues and attempting to establish external relations built on pro-environmental principles.  

Scope and aims: Therefore, the purpose of the special issue will be to bring together scholars interested in the broadly understood pro-environmental approach to organisational management. We encourage an interdisciplinary perspective on an organisation and its milieu, combining an individual and organisational approach, bearing in mind that only comprehensive and multi-level strategies can result in environmental benefits. The list of topics below is by no means exhaustive; they are merely suggestions for scientific investigation. This special issue welcomes contributions presenting both conceptual frameworks, systematic literature reviews and empirical results in the following areas:

  • green CSR
  • green HRM
  • constructing relations with business environment (including customers) on the basis of pro-ecological principles and guidelines
  • pro-environmental education of customers
  • green performance
  • eco-innovations, extending the life-cycle of products
  • leadership
  • pro-environmental behaviours of employees
  • ecological trends in consumer behaviours

Dr. Katarzyna Krot
Dr. Krzysztof Stepaniuk
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • organisational behaviours
  • environmental performance
  • environmental management
  • eco-innovation
  • pro-environmental behaviours of employees and customers

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Innovative Solutions for the Development of Sustainable Transport and Improvement of the Tourist Accessibility of Peripheral Areas: The Case of the Białowieża Forest Region
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2381; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042381 - 23 Feb 2021
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One of the main challenges affecting development opportunities of peripheral areas, particularly the development of tourism, includes the provision of satisfactory solutions for mobility and transport accessibility. Therefore, there is a high demand for innovative and sustainable transport solutions, which would increase the [...] Read more.
One of the main challenges affecting development opportunities of peripheral areas, particularly the development of tourism, includes the provision of satisfactory solutions for mobility and transport accessibility. Therefore, there is a high demand for innovative and sustainable transport solutions, which would increase the competitiveness of these regions, as well as reduce the negative impact of transport on the environment. This paper includes indications of the main directions of research on sustainable transport, the analysis of innovative solutions for improving the tourist accessibility of peripheral areas, and the development of an intermodal model of tourist mobility. The developed model was verified in terms of tourists’ needs for sustainable and innovative transport solutions. The region of the Białowieża Forest, exhibiting high potential for tourism development due to its natural values—unique at the European and global scale—was selected for verification. The Białowieża Forest was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the few cross-border World Heritage sites. The study applied heuristic research methods, including brainstorming, the Delphi method, case studies, and a diagnostic survey (421 respondents). The developed model of tourist mobility is based on the combination of the public transport network and the availability of electric bicycle and electric car rental. The survey of tourists in the region of the Białowieża Forest showed the demand for new mobile solutions, particularly in the field of e-mobility. The results of quantitative research indicate that around 40% of respondents express high and very high demand for sustainable and innovative mobile solutions, including e-mobility. Full article
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Innovativeness of Tourism Enterprises: Example of Poland
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1024; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031024 - 20 Jan 2021
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The main aim of this article was to define the innovativeness of the tourism sector in cross-industry terms. The specific objectives were to identify categories of innovations implemented by tourism enterprises with division by industry branches, and to identify the differences and similarities [...] Read more.
The main aim of this article was to define the innovativeness of the tourism sector in cross-industry terms. The specific objectives were to identify categories of innovations implemented by tourism enterprises with division by industry branches, and to identify the differences and similarities of the innovations implemented by tourism enterprises in terms of the industry in which they operate. A conceptual framework, based on existing literature, was developed to analyze the innovation process. The research was carried out using the method of a diagnostic survey with interview elements, according to a structured research questionnaire using the telephone interview technique. The results show that tourism enterprises are characterized by average and low innovativeness. From the point of view of assessing the impact of innovation on market behavior in the tourism sector, there are no so-called disruptive innovations, which could have a decisive impact on market changes and replace the existing and constantly improved products, services, and processes. There are sustaining innovations that improve the functioning of companies, which do not affect the market changes, but do compete with the existing solutions on existing terms. However, incremental and adaptive innovations constitute an important part of innovation; this process proves the development of tourism companies and has an impact on the improvement of the situation of the entire economy. Full article
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Environmental Outcomes of Green Entrepreneurship Harmonization
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10615; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410615 - 18 Dec 2020
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Establishing equilibrium between business growth and environmental sustainability is one of the core focuses of green entrepreneurship. However, the scarcity of resources, ecological concerns, business growth, and survival are among the issues that are recognized by entrepreneurs. In the light of the Natural [...] Read more.
Establishing equilibrium between business growth and environmental sustainability is one of the core focuses of green entrepreneurship. However, the scarcity of resources, ecological concerns, business growth, and survival are among the issues that are recognized by entrepreneurs. In the light of the Natural Resource-Based View (NRBV) and Dynamic Capability View, this study aims to examine the effects of Green Innovation Performance (GIP) on Green Entrepreneurship Orientation (GEO) and Sustainability Environmental Performance (SEP). As advocated by NRBV, this study emphasizes the importance of pursuing the three types of distinct yet interrelated environmental strategies and its association impact on GEO. The results indicated that internal green dynamic capabilities, namely, green absorptive capacity, environmental cooperation, and managerial environmental concern to have significant positive effects on GIP, where GIP positively impacted GEO and SEP. Besides, GIP partially mediated the relationship between internal green dynamic capabilities on GEO and SEP. The results also demonstrated that environmental regulations significantly moderated the relationship between GEO and SEP. Furthermore, by linking these three concepts in a single model, this study theoretically pioneering and responding to bridge significant gaps emerged in the NRBV theory. This study provides crucial practical implications for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and academicians. Limitations were also discussed. Full article
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How to Shape an Organization’s Sustainable Green Management Performance: The Mediation Effect of Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 9198; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219198 - 05 Nov 2020
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR), a current mainstream issue in global corporate governance, is often used to verify a company’s financial performance and corporate image; however, few studies have focused on CSR for environmental issues. On the basis of the perspectives of the expectation [...] Read more.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), a current mainstream issue in global corporate governance, is often used to verify a company’s financial performance and corporate image; however, few studies have focused on CSR for environmental issues. On the basis of the perspectives of the expectation value and signal theories, this study presents a new concept for determining the impact of green shared vision (GSV) on employee environmental performance (EEP) and green product development performance (GPDP), which could aid in exploring the GSV–environmental CSR (ECSR) relationship further. The current results demonstrated that ECSR contributes to enhancing EEP and GPDP. Therefore, enterprises must implement the promotion of ECSR to enhance their overall green management performance and achieve sustainable management. Full article
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