Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University, USA
David F.J. Campbell, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
João J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal
Luís Farinha, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal
Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, La Trobe Business School, Australia

Sustainable development has been widely discussed amongst academics and practitioners due to the importance of protecting the environment whilst sustaining the economic goals of organizations. Business growth and its connection with the success of the economy and welfare have been taken for granted throughout the history of industrialisation (Kyrö, 2001). This has led to researchers and practitioners currently dealing with the challenges of developing business and innovation models that integrate issues of competitiveness and sustainability.

Entrepreneurship has been recognized as a major conduit for sustainable products and processes, and new ventures are being held up as a panacea for many social and environmental concerns (Farinha, Ferreira, & Gouveia, 2014; Hall, Daneke, & Lenox, 2010; Pacheco, Dean, & Payne, 2010). Sustainable entrepreneurship is an emerging field that focuses on future innovations (Carayannis & Von Zedtwitz, 2005; Parrish, 2010). According to Miles, Munilla, & Darroch (2009), the focus of managers in sustainable management, may result in stimulating entrepreneurship, leading to the discovery or creation, evaluation and exploration of new market opportunities, converted to help organizations achieve a competitive advantage.

In the context of the knowledge -based economies and their collaborative networks, the focus of managers in sustainable management can result in stimulating entrepreneurship, based on the discovery, creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. This enables the sustainable development of organizations, which are able to achieve a competitive advantage in the market (Hall et al., 2010; Leydesdorff, 2012; Park, 2014).

The aim of this Special Issue is to promote theoretical and empirical research on Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship, in order to understand future research directions. Increasingly sustainability-driven entrepreneurship is becoming more important in society due to its connection with the environment and management practices. This special issue aims to help clarify the current and new trends in business models for sustainable development and emerging business practice.

This special issue focuses also on the circular economy in which organisations make and recycle material in order to encourage sustainability initiatives. The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is producing no waste and pollution, in which material flows are biological nutrients that are designed to re-enter the biosphere safely. This helps with technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality in the production system without entering the biosphere.

Recommended Topics
This Special Issue aims to discuss the emerging research concerned with sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

We welcome both conceptual and empirical papers using either quantitative or qualitative methods, with special interest in multilevel approaches.

To fulfill the purpose of the special issue, the topics of potential contributions may focus, but are not limited to, on the following themes:

  • A Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship;
  • A Circular economy and entrepreneurship;
  • A Multiple Helix Ecosystems for sustainable competitiveness;
  • A Business and innovation models and sustainability;
  • A Global competitive advantage and sustainable development.

Research Questions
Accordingly, we call for papers that seek answers to one or more of the following research questions:

  • What are the conditions where entrepreneurship simultaneously creates economic growth, while advancing environmental objectives and improving social conditions?
  • What kinds of business and innovation models will allow sustainable development?
  • What is the framework of sustainability in the new innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems?
  • What are the inter-connected challenges to make circular business models work in practice?
  • Can the practice of engineering be a base for a more generally applied new projects-based sustainable business model to stimulate innovation?

Submission Procedure
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016

All submitted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance to the IJSED’s Instructions of Authors:

After registering on Editorial Manager System at, follow the instructions to submit your manuscript. Please make sure you submit the paper under Special Issue on “Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship”, when submitting your manuscript.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
João J. Ferreira
Guest Editor
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Please clearly identify in the email subject line “IJSESD Special Issue”.

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