Special Issue "Social Entrepreneurship 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 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Julia Meaton
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Guest Editor
Department of Management, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: community sustainability; disaster and emergency management; social enterprise; land use; transport planning
Dr. Walter Mswaka
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Guest Editor
Department of Management, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: social enterprise; micro-finance; SMEs; legal frameworks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past decade, the discourse on social enterprises has emerged as a powerful intervention for ameliorating socio-economic challenges in communities worldwide. Given the increasing gaps in the delivery of public services around the world, social enterprises are now being called upon to tackle these institutional voids though innovation in practice. There is a range of debates regarding the business models of social enterprises but all manifestations potentially align with the UN sustainable development goals, and could be the drivers of creativity and innovation that will lead to more sustainable and resilient communities.

This Special Issue seeks to host a collection of papers that explore the meaning and relevance of social enterprises through a sustainability lens. We are seeking theoretical as well as empirical contributions and would welcome case studies from both the North and the South.

Dr. Julia Meaton
Dr. Walter Mswaka
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • social enterprise
  • sustainable futures
  • community development
  • community cohesion and engagement
  • social enterprise business models
  • resilient communities
  • creative enterprise
  • social entrepreneurship
  • SDGs

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Does Massive Placement of Bicycles Win the Market for the Bicycle-Sharing Company in China?
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5279; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135279 - 30 Jun 2020
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The rise of bicycle-sharing stimulated companies’ investment in a large number of bicycles in the market. However, it is important to balance the massive placement of bicycles in the market and the company’s sustainable development. This paper is motivated to identify a strategic [...] Read more.
The rise of bicycle-sharing stimulated companies’ investment in a large number of bicycles in the market. However, it is important to balance the massive placement of bicycles in the market and the company’s sustainable development. This paper is motivated to identify a strategic balance between market expansion and the sustainable development of the company. Based on the information asymmetry and evolutionary game theory, a tripartite game model was established for the government, enterprise, and consumer. This study identified five evolutionary stability strategies (ESSs) of these three parties under specific conditions by analyzing their decision-making behavior. The results indicated that the number of bicycles in the market placed by a bicycle-sharing enterprise was not directly proportional to its profit. The quantity of bicycles needed on the market was influenced by the government and consumers. It also found that government regulation plays a dominant role in the development of the bicycle-sharing company regarding the number of bicycles needed in the market. Full article
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