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Special Issue "Exploring Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management"

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 (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 3696

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Prof. Dr. José Carlos Sánchez-García
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Chair of Entrepreneurship, University of Salamanca, 37005 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial education
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Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rodrigues
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ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management; 1200-781 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: corporate governance; family businesses; entrepreneurship; internationalization
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Prof. Dr. Brizeida R. Hernández-Sánchez
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Chair of Entrepreneurship, University of Salamanca, 37005 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: entrepreneurship; internationalization; entrepreneurial education; sustainability education
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Prof. Carla Susana Marques
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Department of Economics Sociology and Management, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro & CETRAD Research Center, 5000 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: innovation; entrepreneurship and regional development
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Prof. Dr. Giussepina María Cardella
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Chair of Entrepreneurship, University of Salamanca, 37005 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: entrepreneurship; internationalization; entrepreneurial education; sustainability education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue (SI) aims to develop an agenda of research, practical, and policy contributions for the next decade on sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation management, as well as to debate the lines of action that academics and professionals should consider for the coming years.

Importance of the theme

Sustainable entrepreneurship (SE) is today widely recognized as the answer to the environmental, economic, and social challenges that society has to face (Filser et al., 2019, p. 3). The publication of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations in 2015 has not gone unnoticed. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 targets requires organizations (companies, non-profit, or state institutions) to implement effective changes towards sustainable business models. Therefore, entrepreneurs face the challenge of integrating sustainability models and concerns into their business plans. Entrepreneurs must develop their business models to solve problems from sustainability.

Sustainable entrepreneurship is an innovative process that must generate both economic and non-economic benefits and guarantee social, economic, and environmental benefits for future generations. Previous research corroborates the relevant role of innovation in addressing sustainability issues (Seebode et al., 2012; Fagerberg, 2018) and the relation with entrepreneurship (Galindo and Méndez-Picazo, 2013).

SE is based on the socio-economic concept of sustainable development and recognizes the social and ecological limitations that require that social, natural, and economic resources be used responsibly and distributed in such a way as to guarantee access to future generations. In other words, the SE calls into question the traditional dichotomous view of economic benefit at the expense of environmental and social impacts. We could say that SE implies “transforming a region into a state that is more financially and socially sustainable through the discovery along with the use of economic opportunities through the emergence of market imbalances” (Hockerts, and Wustenhagen, 2010).

Scope and purpose of the Special Issue

With this Special Issue, a call is made to all academics, professionals, and others interested in the research topic who can make contributions to knowledge in aspects related to (although not exclusively):

(a) the role of opportunities and intentions in sustainable entrepreneurship;

(b) the narratives and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship;

(c) the institutional context of sustainable entrepreneurship and the institutional work being done by SMEs;

(d) the governance and emerging business models and organizational forms of sustainable enterprises;

(e) the substance and processes of policy, education, and training required to promote values of sustainable entrepreneurship among those who own or run SMEs;

(f) the nature, challenges, and benefits of co-creative processes of knowledge exchange and creation among sustainable entrepreneurship researchers and practitioners;

(g) new thoughts and suggested future research required regarding the practice, narratives, and promotion of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs;

(h) requirements for future work relating to new organizational forms and strategies being pursued to build markets, legitimacy, and different types of capital relevant to sustainable entrepreneurship and its governance;

(i) identifying contextual institutional and policy factors conducive to sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation and suggesting questions requiring further or future study;

(j) highlighting research questions, foci, and co-creative methodologies required to build theoretical and practical insights relevant to building better understanding of sustainable entrepreneurship.

Fagerberg, J. 2018. Mobilizing innovation for sustainability transitions: A comment on transformative innovation policy. Research Policy, 47(9), 1568-1576

Filser, S. Kraus, N. Roig-Tierno, N. Kailer, & U. Fischer. 2019. Entrepreneurship as catalyst for sustainable development: opening the black box. Sustainability, 11, p. 4503, 10.3390/su11164503

Galindo, M., & Méndez‐Picazo, M. 2013. Innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Management Decision, 51(3), 501-514

Seebode, D., Jeanrenaud, S., & Bessant, J. 2012. Managing innovation for sustainability. R&D Management, 42(3), 195-206

Hockerts, K., & Wüstenhagen, R. 2010. Greening Goliaths Versus Emerging Davids—Theorizing about the Role of Incumbents and New Entrants in Sustainable entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing 25(5):481-492

Prof. Dr. José Carlos Sánchez-García
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rodrigues
Prof. Dr. Brizeida R. Hernández-Sánchez
Prof. Carla Susana Marques
Prof. Dr. Giussepina María Cardella
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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • innovation management
  • corporate sustainability
  • sustainable entrepreneurship
  • sustainable development strategy
  • attitude towards sustainable entrepreneurship
  • sustainable entrepreneurial intention
  • entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • circular economy
  • evaluation of sustainable entrepreneurship
  • sustainable practices
  • sustainable lifestyle
  • fast/slow consumption
  • environmental and sustainability education
  • sustainable supply chain
  • sustainable development goals
  • supply chain management
  • knowledge management
  • sustainable business models
  • business management
  • eco-innovation
  • process innovation
  • sustainable international business
  • stakeholders
  • product innovation
  • business strategy
  • business sustainability strategy
  • social and environmental benefits
  • sustainable social welfare

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Supporter or Supervisor? The Role of Chief Financial Officers in Corporate Innovation
Sustainability 2022, 14(15), 9762; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159762 - 08 Aug 2022
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Like the chief executive officer (CEO), the chief financial officer (CFO) is an important corporate player. However, compared to the role of CEOs, research on the factors influencing corporate innovation has paid very little attention to the role of CFOs. Based on the [...] Read more.
Like the chief executive officer (CEO), the chief financial officer (CFO) is an important corporate player. However, compared to the role of CEOs, research on the factors influencing corporate innovation has paid very little attention to the role of CFOs. Based on the perspective of role theory, we measure CFO role performance by organizational identification to explore the role of CFOs in corporate innovation. Employing the availability of CFO organizational identification data from a survey of listed firms in China, we find that: (1) CFO organizational identification is negatively associated with innovation output in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and positively associated with innovation output in non-state-owned enterprises (non-SOEs); (2) corporate misconduct experience positively moderates the relationship between CFO organizational identification and innovation in SOEs; (3) CFO financial industry experience positively moderates the relationship between CFO organizational identification and innovation in non-SOEs. Our results show that CFOs play the supervisor role in innovation in SOEs and the supporter role in innovation in non-SOEs. Our research provides theoretical and practical references for companies to sustainably drive innovation. Full article
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The Role of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of TED Talks
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 8035; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138035 - 30 Jun 2022
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It can be seen that entrepreneurship has undergone many changes since the time it was defined and many types have been introduced over time as well. A relatively new type is sustainable entrepreneurship, which seeks to function in a way that can be [...] Read more.
It can be seen that entrepreneurship has undergone many changes since the time it was defined and many types have been introduced over time as well. A relatively new type is sustainable entrepreneurship, which seeks to function in a way that can be passed down through the generations without endangering nature’s responsiveness. Sustainable entrepreneurs sometimes perform their activities in a way that emphasizes the social aspect, and sometimes in a way that highlights the economic aspect. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced by the United Nations in 2015 are expected to correspond to the activities of sustainable entrepreneurs. In order to identify this correspondence, we performed qualitative content analysis of presentations on entrepreneurship in TED Talks. As a result of the analysis, the social and economic aspects of sustainable entrepreneurs were evaluated separately with the SDGs, and strong correlations were determined in some instances. These correlations are expected to provide insight in terms of identifying the topics that sustainable entrepreneurs focus on. Full article
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A Study on Sustainable Entrepreneurial Behavior in China from Multiple Perspectives
Sustainability 2022, 14(12), 6952; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14126952 - 07 Jun 2022
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Sustainable entrepreneurship is an economic activity that integrates entrepreneurial activities with environmental and social sustainability, which is a frontier research field that integrates the triple bottom line of economy, environment, and society. A comprehensive survey was conducted in this study by collecting data [...] Read more.
Sustainable entrepreneurship is an economic activity that integrates entrepreneurial activities with environmental and social sustainability, which is a frontier research field that integrates the triple bottom line of economy, environment, and society. A comprehensive survey was conducted in this study by collecting data from 203 potential entrepreneurs in China, such as employees with work experience, freelancers, and college students, by means of a questionnaire in March 2022. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to investigate the research hypotheses considered, testing the impact of entrepreneurial intention on sustainable entrepreneurial behavior from the perspective of risk perception and institutional environment. The reliability and validity of the measurements are demonstrated. The outcomes from the conducted analyses show that entrepreneurial intention and risk perception do not directly affect sustainable entrepreneurial behavior, while entrepreneurial intention significantly affects risk perception. Moreover, risk perception serves a mediating role in the relationship between entrepreneurial intention and sustainable entrepreneurship. The institutional environment positively predicts sustainable entrepreneurship behavior and could even have a greater effect by reducing risk perception. Hence, this study suggests that the government should provide policy and financial support to create an open, stable, and inclusive institutional environment, to reduce the cost and risk of innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time, it also provides theoretical and practical references for potential entrepreneurs to improve their entrepreneurial intention and carry out sustainable entrepreneurial behavior. Full article
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