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International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (20 papers in press)

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  • Evaluation of food technologies across supply chain actors: a systematic review of explanatory models   Order a copy of this article
    by Carolin Kamrath, Joshua Wesana, Hans De Steur, Xavier Gellynck, Stefanie Bröring 
    Abstract: Acceptance of novel technologies along the food supply chain is essential for technology-based innovations to be effective in tackling global challenges such as food security. In order to obtain insights and identify research gaps in the context of food technology evaluation research, this study conducts a systematic review of empirical studies that utilised established explanatory models with food chain actors. Out of 183 primary studies included from 1991 to 2017, the majority was conducted in developed countries, while only 23% targeted developing countries. Further, most studies have looked at genetically modified food, with consumers being the most common stakeholder considered. Regarding the models, theory of planned behaviour and protection motivation theory were by far the most frequently applied explanatory models. Our results highlight the need for research on the evaluation of novel food technologies by non-consumer actors for a holistic understanding across the supply chain.
    Keywords: evaluation; acceptance; adoption; explanatory models; TPB; theory of planned behaviour; PMT; protection motivation theory; food technology; food chain actors; farmer; processor; consumer; systematic review.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10045397
  • The Contributions of Design Thinking to the Conception of a Green Production Model   Order a copy of this article
    by Dusan Schreiber, Paola Schmitt Figueiró, Vanessa Theis 
    Abstract: In order to contribute to the debate on the alternatives for the conception of a Green Production model, this theoretical-reflexive essay was elaborated, which analyzes the contributions offered by the Design Thinking approach. In terms of methodology, we decided to follow the recommendations of the hermeneutic and interpretative method, which provides a comprehensive dialogue between the authors selected for this research. The researchers were careful to choose both classic, seminal and contemporary authors, texts from books and journals, of issues on Sustainability, Production Management, Design Thinking and Green Production, so as to create an appropriate environment for the exchange of ideas and perceptions about the possible thematic convergence. As a conclusion, we verified that the characteristics of the Design Thinking approach allow the identification of details of operational activities, which might be omitted when using other approaches, of a positivist and rational nature.
    Keywords: Production Management; Green Production; Design Thinking.

  • A review of impact of COVID-19 on environment from lens of sustainable development goals   Order a copy of this article
    by Dadabada Pradeep Kumar 
    Abstract: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) impacted the Environment a lot. It is very much helpful to countries to study such impact in bringing things back to normal. This paper presents a novel 3R (Reasons-Responses-Recommendations) approach to study and review the impact of COVID-19 on the Environment from the lens of five related sustainable development goals (SDGs). Exploratory data analysis (EDA) is a facilitator to the 3R approach for uncovering findings from the data using statistical methods and visualisation.
    Keywords: COVID-19; environment; review; sustainable development; EDA; exploratory data analysis; SDG; sustainable development goal.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2021.10043427
  • Problems and solutions: the sustainable development goals in the age of green economy   Order a copy of this article
    by João M. Lopes, José Castro Oliveira 
    Abstract: This paper aims to understand the green economys role in sustainable business strategies. Interviews were conducted with managers in Portuguese companies, which take sustainable development goals into account in their business strategies. The results suggest that sustainable development and business strategies are not always adopted integrally top-down within a company. It was also noted that political changes and decisions imposed by the government positively affect the sustainable business strategies of companies in the renewable energy sector but not in the construction sector. Thus, policymakers should strengthen general awareness of this matter by reinforcing existing knowledge of or introducing the topic of the problems and solutions inherent in the concept of a green economy in compulsory education. Companies could form R&D partnerships with higher education institutions to innovate in their sector of activity. Companies could further explore the concept of industrial symbiosis, developing new products and exploring new markets.
    Keywords: green economy; sustainable development goals; green business; sustainable business strategies; competitive advantage.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2023.10053285
  • Organizational leadership for sustainability: employees perception on talent retention   Order a copy of this article
    by Priscila Cerutti, João Sarate, Janaina Macke 
    Abstract: This paper aimed to evaluate the factors of sustainable leadership and the relation of these factors with the intention to remain the job. The research analysed 324 interviews with employees from southern Brazil through quantitative techniques, such as linear regression, factorial analysis, and variance analysis. The study revealed that the economic dimension explains 27.60% of the leadership for sustainability, while social and environmental dimensions explain 25.54% and 20.27 %, respectively. Notwithstanding the importance given to the environmental dimension of leadership for sustainability (M= 3.647; SD=0.896), only social and economic dimensions were significantly related to the intention to remain in the organization (adjusted R2 = 0.327). From a leadership for sustainability viewpoint, the research concludes that: (i) human resource policies should be proposed from the leadership for sustainability perspective; (ii) sustainability-focused company programs and actions should be better communicated to employees; and (iii) organizations should invest more in sustainability programs and efforts for the internal public, as a strategy to talent retention. Finally, the study provides relevant evidence for social researchers and human resource managers by distinguishing factors that influence talent retention and recommending elements for a sustainable human resource management debate.
    Keywords: leadership for sustainability; sustainable leadership; triple bottom line; talent retention; developing countries.

  • Government regulations as an opportunity to foster the creation and application of innovations in the context of green organisations: the case of Lithuania   Order a copy of this article
    by Ilona Skačkauskienė, Juliana Smirnova 
    Abstract: The purpose of the research is to identify future directions for improving government regulatory measures that would foster the creation and application of innovations in the context of green organisations. The research methodology included critical analysis, synthesis, and abstraction of scientific literature and strategic documents. The authors conducted structured interviews with representatives of green organisations and an in-depth interview with the representative of a consulting company. The results were processed using the methods of comparative analysis and content analysis. Directions for the improvement of government regulatory measures at the national level have been proposed in order to promote the creation/application of innovations in the context of the development of green organisations. The results of the research have practical implications of forming a basis for improving future governmental regulatory measures in order to foster the creation and application of innovations in green organisations.
    Keywords: green organisation; opportunity to foster innovations; application of innovations; government regulations; development of green organisations; government regulatory measures; promotion of innovations; government support/promotion; legal regulation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10047167
  • Integrating knowledge for environmental innovations in research centres: the key role of industry-based boundary spanners   Order a copy of this article
    by Thomas Lauvås, Marianne Steinmo 
    Abstract: Although the specialised knowledge of universities is considered a significant contribution to firms environmental innovations, gaps remain regarding how firms integrate this knowledge. A rising literature stream on boundary spanning and knowledge integration seeks to investigate how firms achieve such integration; however, in-depth studies at the individual level are lacking. To develop this understanding, we conducted a longitudinal study of industry-based boundary spanners and their knowledge integration activities in research centres. We identified a set of underpinning knowledge transferring, translating, and transforming activities that are performed internally in firms and externally towards research centres to create environmental innovations. We also revealed a pattern in how boundary spanners attend to these activities in the establishment, performance, and end stages of research centres, thus providing guidance for theory and practice on how to develop environmental innovations in research centres.
    Keywords: inter-organisational collaboration; open innovation; university-industry collaboration; research centre; environmental innovation; boundary spanning; boundary spanner; knowledge management; knowledge integration; knowledge transferring; knowledge translating; knowledge transforming; Norway.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10051884
  • Environmental Concerns and Financial Performance: Evidence from the EU Regulatory Framework   Order a copy of this article
    by Ricardo Correia, Carmen Mendoza, NURIA SUAREZ 
    Abstract: We analyze the impact of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions on firms accounting and market performance. Over a sample of 115 non-financial firms from 9 European countries during the 2008-2016 period, our results suggest that higher volume of both country-level carbon and greenhouse emissions have, on average, a positive and statistically significant impact on firms accounting performance. However, although negative, no statistical effect is found in terms of stock market performance. The results are more relevant in the case of firms with higher levels of equity and higher levels of intangible assets. We document the existence of an inverse U-shaped relationship between country-level greenhouse emissions and firms performance suggesting that, after a certain point, greenhouse gas emissions negatively affect firms sales. Our results are robust to different estimation technics and control variables, to the consideration of the financial crisis period, and to the inclusion of financial firms in the sample. rn
    Keywords: Carbon emissions; Greenhouse gas emissions; Accounting performance; Market performance; EU.

  • Drivers of sustainable consumption: gender moderating effect   Order a copy of this article
    by Laura Grau-Berlanga, Elena Higueras-Castillo, Aijaz A. Shaikh, Francisco Liébana-Cabanillas 
    Abstract: Sustainable consumption reduces environmental problems. This paper aims to examine the intention to purchase sustainable products and how gender moderates the intention. For this purpose, stimulus-organism-response model was chosen at the level of predicting sustainable behaviour. Data were collected using the online survey from the current or potential users of sustainable goods and services. Major results revealed that perceived behavioural effectiveness and ecological awareness are significant factors driving sustainable purchasing. This research makes explicit contribution to the industry and suggested the importance of adopting a promotional focus on spreading the benefits of sustainable consumption and reducing the environmental problems that plague the planet. In addition, women show a greater predisposition towards sustainable consumption which suggests important practical implications.
    Keywords: sustainable consumption; environmental products; SOR model; gender moderating effect; perceived behavioural effectiveness; ecological awareness; promotional focus.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10049169
  • Environmental factors in the manufacturing process and its role in the sustainable product life cycle: a thematic analysis of Indian manufacturing sustainability reports   Order a copy of this article
    by Savita Sodhi 
    Abstract: Manufacturing industries are beginning to realise the negative impact of ignoring environmental factors during the manufacturing process. Every product has a life cycle which starts from extraction and utilisation of raw material, production and uses to final disposal of a product. Incorporating environmental factors during the manufacturing (production, assembly and testing) stage of the product life cycle leads to sustainable manufacturing. It leads to the improvement and development of a sustainable product life cycle approach. The study's main aim is to identify and explore the significant environmental factors with the impact to improve sustainable product life during product manufacturing. The conducted research helps manufacturing managers to understand various issues related to environmental aspects of the product and how they can be used gainfully to improve the sustainable product life cycle for other products (B2B). This further helps the company to benchmark itself with other companies in its public domain.
    Keywords: TBL; triple bottom line; sustainability; manufacturing; sustainability factors; product life cycle; sustainable product life cycle.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10049677
  • Whether the role of technological innovation and intellectual property rights on sustainable development different in developing and developed countries? A panel data analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Sunil Kumar Ambrammal 
    Abstract: The study explores the relationship between innovation indicators and Intellectual Property Rights on sustainable development (SD) in 129 countries. Based on Porters hypothesis, the study argues that properly framed IPR laws can induce innovations that may promote a nations sustainable development. The hypothesis ascertains that stringent regulation may not hamper the innovative process but instead promote it by producing more efficient and less- pollutant products and processes. The study constructs three indexes of SD; genuine saving, ecological footprint, and pollution-sensitive Human Development Index. For innovation, the study proxies with the patent application, trademark application, and research and development expenditure (R&D). The intellectual property rights index measures the strength of IPR in a country. The individual estimation among the countries lower-middle-income, upper-middle-income, and high-income categories establishes the significant role of R&D on SD irrespective of index and countrys classification. The results, however, produce mixed evidence of the impact of other innovation variables on SD. The U-shaped relationship between IPR and SD indicates the immediate negative and long-run positive impact of IPR on SD.
    Keywords: sustainable development; technological innovation; intellectual property rights; research and development; patents and trademarks.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10050021
  • Evaluation of blockchain technology in the three dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development goals: a systematic literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Giovana Catussi Paschoalotto, Paulo Sérgio De Arruda Ignácio, Muriel De Oliveira Gavira 
    Abstract: It is argued that technologies of the Industry 4.0 can impact on sustainable development. This paper aims to evaluate blockchain technologies in order to understand their impact on the dimensions of sustainability and drive in which marks of the sustainable development goals it has the capacity to contribute to its achievement. A systematic literature review was carried out and it was found that there is a predominance of applications on the economic and environmental dimensions in private sector, while social results are largely linked to public administration challenges. It was found that blockchain can support the achievement of sustainable development goals, with the exception of poverty, quality education, gender equality and partnerships for the goals, which were not found in the literature. Finally, there are some barriers to the implementation of blockchain as a support tool for sustainability such as low dissemination and high cost, energy consumption and processing time.
    Keywords: sustainability; environmental; economic; social; blockchain; sustainable development goals; systematic literature review.

  • Institutional changes in science, technology and innovation policy towards SDGs: evidence from Michoacan   Order a copy of this article
    by José Alberto Solis-Navarrete, Saray Bucio-Mendoza, Cinthia Fabiola Ruiz-López, Laura Isabel Nava-Acevedo 
    Abstract: The territorialisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda requires a public policy enhance that contemplates endogenous territorial characteristics in all development areas, particularly needs support of knowledge to solve social problems. This challenge demands a science, technology and innovation policy (STIP) suited to the territorys characteristics. The state of Michoacan in Mexico has undergone several institutional changes to its STIP, reconfiguring its institutional infrastructure. We analyse the contribution of institutional changes to building an innovation system capable of facilitating the SDGs territorialisation in Michoacan. These changes have not responded to generating regional agendas that meet the challenges identified at territorial level. A STIP governance model is necessary to promote mechanisms for configuring an innovation system that fosters solutions considered by the SDGs. Our research highlights the importance of linking the institutional changes and the SDGs with a territorial perspective.
    Keywords: institutional change; science and technology; innovation policy; innovation systems; sustainable development goals; Michoacan; Mexico.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10051912
  • Does the adoption of circular economy principles impact the value proposition and performance of companies? Effects on the origin and sector of activity of the companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Pedro Mendonça Silva, José Freitas Santos, Ana Flávia Torres 
    Abstract: The alarming environmental reality of the planet demands the adoption of practices related to the circular economy principles. In the business world, more studies are needed to investigate the application of circular economy principles to stimulate companies to invest in innovative practices that can open new opportunities to enhance their competitive advantage. This study shows that implementing the circular economy principles can enhance the value proposition of the company to its customers and, therefore, generate financial and operational benefits for companies. The study also reveals differences related to the origin of the companies (domestic vs. foreign) and the sector of activity (industry vs. services) in adopting the circular economy principles. This research adds to the body of knowledge about the introduction of circular economy principles to the performance of companies.
    Keywords: circular economy; value proposition; business performance; Portuguese and foreign companies; sustainability; manufacturing; services; structural equation modelling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10053128
  • Sustainability in the food sector: a bibliometric and network analysis of the literature   Order a copy of this article
    by Serena Filippelli 
    Abstract: The issue of sustainability in the food sector is gaining increasing interest Although this issue is of considerable interest to researchers and practitioners, to our knowledge there is not yet a literature review which illustrates the areas of greatest interest The aim of this paper is to explore the status of sustainability research in the food sector, identifying the most discussed research fronts The methodology adopted to carry out this literature review is network analysis through bibliometric tools, which are very effective in identifying current and new issues of interest Starting from a sample of 601 articles, through the use of bibliometric tools four major clusters of research are identified: food waste management, environmental impact, models for sustainable supply chain design and consumers' behavior towards food sustainability These results can help researchers and practitioners to understand trendestting topics, to detect potential research gaps and to outline future research avenues.
    Keywords: sustainability; food sector; bibliometric analysis; network analysis; food waste; food sustainability.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2023.10053427

Special Issue on: Innovation and Sustainability in a Post-COVID World

  • Did Covid 19 influence adoption of e-commerce among elderly citizens? The role of social presence, self-efficacy and trust   Order a copy of this article
    by Boudhayan Ganguly, Tirthankar Nag, Pritha Chakraborty 
    Abstract: The 2020 lockdown amidst the Covid 19 pandemic has so far been the biggest lockdown in recorded world history. During this phase many of the elderly citizens had reduced their frequency of visiting marketplaces and some of them had shifted their buying behaviour from offline marketplaces to online apps with the intention of minimising the risk of getting infected. Although this has been supported by literature there are many studies that state lack of trust to be the primary reason for avoiding online shopping. This study has focused on the influence of social presence and Internet self-efficacy of elderly citizens in building trust with the apps. We have also empirically shown that trust acts as a mediator the relationships between social presence and purchase intention and between self-efficacy and purchase intention amongst elderly citizens.
    Keywords: self-efficacy; social presence; trust; purchase intention; elderly citizens; mediator; moderator; online apps; Covid19; pandemic.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10049604
  • Global value chains in the era of changing globalisation scenario: perspective from BRICS   Order a copy of this article
    by Arti Yadav, Badar Alam Iqbal 
    Abstract: The aim of the present study is to empirically examine the role of selected macro-economic variables on the global value chains participation index of BRICS countries using the Pooled Mean group Auto-Regressive Distributed Lag method. The study also highlighted the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global value chains (GVC). The findings show that foreign direct investment is significant in the long run as well as short-run, while real effective exchange rate, current account balance, trade, and gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate are significant only in the long run for BRICS economies. The study further suggests that globalisation has way more positive effects than moving away from it.
    Keywords: GVC; global value chains; globalisation; BRICS; Covid-19; economic growth; backward GVC; forward GVC; foreign direct investment; trade openness; current account balance.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10052067
  • Social enterprise marketing strategies to achieving sustainable development goals in an emerging economy: lessons from emerging economies   Order a copy of this article
    by Jashim Uddin Ahmed, Quazi Tafsirul Islam, Asma Ahmed 
    Abstract: The paper focuses on the social business enterprise model that has recently gained significance in Bangladesh using case study methodology on GDFL, a French-Bangladeshi joint venture. The purpose is to evaluate and establish whether similar social business models can be implemented in developing and transitional economies to address poverty issues and achieve several sustainable development goals (SDGs). The authors intend to establish how social businesses impact economies and improve peoples lives. Based on this article, it can be argued that GDFL is a social enterprise that utilises the blended revenue approach to remain economically sustainable. The multifaceted GDFL initiative positively contributes to sustainable development across the value chain and in achieving SDG 1, 2, 3, 8. This can also be successfully implemented in similar developing and transitional economies in Asia and Africa. Using Grameen Danone as an illustration, the study explores the nature, operations, objectives, and implications of social businesses.
    Keywords: social enterprise; Bangladesh; Grameen Danone; BOP; SDGs; sustainable development goals; social business; strategy.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10052119
  • Effects of macroeconomic disturbances on the banking sector and equity markets in Sri Lanka: with special reference to civil war and COVID-19 pandemic   Order a copy of this article
    by Manjula Kumara Wanniarachchige 
    Abstract: This paper argues that the macroeconomic disturbances resulting from prolonged civil war and the recent COVID-19 pandemic have substantially curtailed the banking sector and equity market in Sri Lanka through widening interest spreads, contracting bank credit, slowing down equity market activity, and constraining bank branch network expansion. Further, the findings show how the banks and equity market have favourably responded during periods of relative macroeconomic stability. The contributions of this paper are threefold. First, it fills a vital gap in the Sri Lankan banking literature by providing evidence on the effects of the civil war on equity markets, financial intermediation and banking system performance. Second, it explains why banking systems in some countries with advanced financial infrastructures and healthy interest spreads have failed to achieve their potential growth. Third, it explores how widespread pandemics like COVID-19 can constrain the performance of banking systems and equity markets.
    Keywords: civil war; COVID-19 pandemic; credit expansion; stock market; interest spread; bank branches; Sri Lanka.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10053129

Special Issue on: Sustainable Operations Management in the Digital Transformation Era

  • Impact of lean-green practices on production performance: evidence from SMEs of a developing economy   Order a copy of this article
    by Muhammad Junaid Ahsan 
    Abstract: Environmental concerns and sustainability issues attracted many practitioners' and researchers' attention still numerous small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies are reluctant to invest in environment-friendly practices with a doubt that investment in such practices might lead to negative production performance outcomes. To settle down this tension, our study examines the effect of green production practices on production performance and the intervening effect of lean practices between green production practices and production performance. The study employs a quantitative research method where survey-based data were collected from 227 SMEs from an emerging economy - Pakistan. Results unveil that green production practices have a significant positive impact on production performance. The interactive effect indicates a sharp rise in production performance when a firm implements lean practices in the production process. The study can help firm managers related to the investment in green and lean practices in the production system of SMEs in emerging economies.
    Keywords: Green production; lean production; production performance; sustainability.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2022.10052598