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Special Issue "Sustainable Innovation in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises—Emerging Opportunities, Challenges and Future Research Agenda"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 8311
Special Issue Editors
Interests: SMEs; sustainability; strategy; entrepreneurship
Interests: corporate sustainability; corporate governance; stakeholder engagement; corporate finance; credit market performance
Special Issue Information
The challenges of sustainable/eco-product innovation are heightened in small and medium-sized enterprises, which remain consistently under-researched in comparison to multinational companies and large firms [1,2]. In particular, SMEs face problems as a result of a scarcity of internal resources to innovate , the low munificence of their business environment  and the priority of social sustainability concerns over environmental sustainability . Despite these challenges, our understanding of challenges and opportunities for sustainable/eco-product innovation in SMEs remains under-researched [6–9]. Therefore, this Special Issue aims seeks to advance our knowledge and provide space for a better understanding of the drivers and outcomes of sustainable/eco-innovation in small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In particular, the Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers that address sustainability and sustainable/eco-innovation in SMEs. We seek both theoretical and empirical papers that may address but are not limited to issues linked to: (1) sustainable innovation and small firm growth/performance; (2) the relationship between corporate sustainability and product quality concerns/strengths; (3) sustainable innovation strategies in SMEs; stakeholder pressures and environmental management in SMEs; (4) challenges of implementing environmental/suitability strategies in SMEs; (5) formal and informal sources of finance and sustainable innovation performance; (6) slack resources and sustainability expenditure; corporate sustainability and access to finance by SMEs; (7) the influence of culture on the sustainability in SMEs; (8) sustainable/eco-innovation and social innovation; and (9) non-profit SMEs and sustainable innovations.
The Special Issue is aligned with goals 9 and 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim at highlighting innovation, responsible consumption and production. Indeed, this Special Issue presents a unique opportunity for scholars to examine these issues in greater detail. The guest editors do not have any methodological preference. Papers submitted to this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer review procedure in line with the requirements of this journal.
- Jahanshahi, A.A.; Brem, A. Sustainability in SMEs: Top Management Teams Behavioral Integration as Source of Innovativeness. 2017, 9, 1899, doi:10.3390/su9101899.
- Jamali, D.; Karam, C. Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries as an Emerging Field of Study. J. Manag. Rev. 2016, 20, 32–61, doi:10.1111/ijmr.12112.
- Amankwah‐Amoah, J.; Danso, A.; Adomako, S. Entrepreneurial orientation, environmental sustainability and new venture performance: Does stakeholder integration matter?. Strat. Environ. 2018, 28, 79–87, doi:10.1002/bse.2191.
- Konadu, R.; Owusu‐Agyei, S.; Lartey, T.; Danso, A.; Adomako, S.; Amankwah-Amoah, J. CEOs’ reputation, quality management and environmental innovation: The roles of stakeholder pressure and resource commitment. Strat. Environ. 2020, 29, 2310–2323, doi:10.1002/bse.2504.
- Idemudia, U. Environmental Business-NGO Partnerships in Nigeria: Issues and Prospects. Strat. Environ. 2017, 26, 265–276, doi:10.1002/bse.1915.
- Adomako, S.; Ning, E.; Adu‐Ameyaw, E. Proactive environmental strategy and firm performance at the bottom of the pyramid. Strat. Environ. 2020, 1–10, doi:10.1002/bse.2629.
- Lartey, T.; Yirenkyi, D.O.; Adomako, S.; Danso, A.; Amankwah‐Amoah, J.; Alam, A. Going green, going clean: Lean‐green sustainability strategy and firm growth. Strat. Environ. 2020, 29, 118–139, doi:10.1002/bse.2353.
- Danso, A.; Adomako, S.; Lartey, T.; Amankwah-Amoah, J.; Owusu-Yirenkyi, D. Stakeholder integration, environmental sustainability orientation and financial performance. Bus. Res. 2019, doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.02.038.
- Boso, N.; Danso, A.; Leonidou, C.; Uddin, M.; Adeola, O.; Hultman, M. Does financial resource slack drive sustainability expenditure in developing economy small and medium-sized enterprises? Bus. Res. 2017, 80, 247–256, doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.06.016.
Dr. Samuel Adomako
Dr. Albert Danso
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- sustainable innovation
- sustainable performance
- social innovation
- environmental strategy