Special Issue "Product Innovation and Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.
Dr. Antonello Cammarano
Prof. Francesca Michelino
This Special Issue aims to collect theoretical and empirical studies that contribute to developing a better understanding of the relationship between product innovation and business sustainability.
Indeed, product innovation can be theoretically achieved within a continuum of practices, ranging from the exclusive involvement of internal resources to the engagement of only external ones. Adoptable practices are collocated within these extremes, and we want to try to answer the challenge of analyzing their different degree of sustainability in terms of innovative outcome. A sustainable model employs a balanced set of knowledge and technological resources both internal and external.
Hence, the aim of the call is to understand how firms access external resources in terms of:
- Human resources;
- Intellectual property;
- Subsystems, parts and components;
- Companies and business units.
Indeed, all such resources are involved to achieve sustainable innovation. For instance, job market allows firms to hire skilled people and incorporate their knowledge, competencies and know-how. Intellectual property can be exchanged in markets for technologies, e.g. to acquire a patent or buy a license, and accelerate the process of acquisition of technologies and knowledge that supports the R&D effort necessary to achieve product innovation, hence improving the economic and business sustainability of innovation activities. Additionally, by acquiring subsystems, parts and components, firms incorporate technologies and innovations deriving from R&D efforts of their suppliers and partners into their products, with expected improving innovation performance and positive effects on firm’s competitive advantage. Further, by investing on business combinations and mergers and acquisitions, companies will combine, reinforce and optimize their knowledge and technological resources, improving sustainability.
Therefore, researchers are encouraged to submit papers that contribute to the literature by proposing new theories and practical issues related to sustainable product innovation. In particular, the Special Issue focuses on economic and business implications of sustainable product development. Some example topics are, among others:
- Modes of acquisition or sharing of resources and their integration within the product development after a sustainable perspective;
- Cases of success or failure of product innovation activities aiming at enhancing economic sustainability;
- Sustainability and product innovation in R&D intense industries;
- Product development modularization and economic sustainability;
- Sustainable development practices in different stages of technology/product life cycle;
- Cooperation and collaboration for sustainable product development;
- Role of partners and suppliers in sustainable supply chain;
- Relying on job market to enhance organizational sustainability;
- Reorganizing knowledge and technological resources after mergers and acquisitions to achieve sustainable and superior product innovation;
- Organizational sustainability of innovation processes.
Dr. Antonello Cammarano
Prof. Francesca Michelino
Prof. Mauro Caputo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Product innovation
- Business sustainability
- Innovation sustainability
- Organizational sustainability
- Sustainable development
- Knowledge resources
- Technological resources
- Innovation practices
- Open innovation
- External resources
- New product development