Digital Technologies and Sustainability from the perspective of Management, Economics, and Business Strategies

Submissions open September 15, 2022

Irresponsible economic expansion generates many negative social, human, and ecological effects such as income disparity, ill-health, and climate change. As a result, nations are eager to legislate macro-level sustainable solutions for the psychological well-being of their citizens. The United Nations' 2030 Agenda is a comprehensive plan to solve socioeconomic and environmental issues by implementing the triple bottom line (TBL) concept to sustain development. As a result, we're launching this special issue to look at how technology innovation fits into the triple bottom line concept for the advancement of management and business strategies. 

The triple bottom line concept proposes that, rather than focusing exclusively on creating profit or the usual "bottom line," businesses should commit to monitoring the social and environmental effects of their financial success. It is broken down into the “three Ps”: profit, people, and the planet. In the context of sharing, reusing, repairing, recycling, and refurbishing existing items, technological innovation is a tool to further enhance the balance in the TBL framework from the perspectives of management, economics, and business strategies. Digital technology is emerging as an integral element of the TBL-oriented economic strategy to improve resource efficiency and utilization. As a result, the organizations and businesses have a fantastic opportunity to incorporate digitization into their management practices and corporate operations to enhance profiting while maintaining social and environmental performance as well as improving governance issues.  

Meanwhile, the phrase "Industry 4.0," according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), refers to a paradigmatic shift that occurs in an economic sector due to digital technology. Smart production and advanced manufacturing (sensors, actuators, and automatic tools, such as intelligent robots), big data analytics (BDA), cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and sophisticated human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are increasingly becoming accessible to all types of businesses, even those with limited infrastructure. A newer philosophy of Industry 5.0 seeks to foster a more balanced working relationship between increasingly smart technologies and humans in a more sustainable perspective. Including green aspects in logistics transforms supply networks to be more sustainable through continuous evaluation of the resulting business and environmental sustainability performance.   

Scholars have noted that the use of new digital technologies in enterprises (e.g., agri-foods) has expanded partnerships, one of the primary repercussions of this technological growth. Thanks to digital technology, businesses are acquiring data from both internal and external sources to learn more about their consumers' tastes. They are using these data to build collaborative plans with their suppliers. A proper marrying between digital technological advancement and sustainability considerations is becoming a must for any futuristic business. This special issue will address how a proper integration can be made between technology, economics, management, and sustainability considerations, and any gaps exploited for improvement. 

This Special Issue calls for an insightful and critical discussion about how Technological Innovation contributes to TBL from the perspective of management, economics, and business strategies. This special issue is to create a collection of rigorous research articles that examine, explore and make proposals for the conditions and mechanisms which can fully optimize the benefits of digital technologies in the TBL approach. We invite articles that integrate a system perspective (i.e., economic, social, governance, and environmental interconnectedness) from the conceptualization to execution of TBL ideology with Technological Innovation in management, economics, and business disciplines. 

Key topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Digitalization and sustainability aspect in management practices; 

  • Digitalization and management, economics, and business strategies 

  • Technological revolution, business, and strategies; 

  • Technology-enabled business strategies; 

  • Technology-enabled or socio-environmental impacts of circular economy models; 

  • Measurement of sustainable performance; 

  • Policies and strategies to implement TBL patterns; 

  • Product labels and strategies for TBL sustainability; 

  • TBL framework for sustainable production and consumption; 

  • Technology-enabled economy as a driver for sustainability; 

  • Internet-of-things applications in management, economics, and business, strategies; 

  • The role of management, economics, and business strategies for sustainability; 

  • Policies and incentives for TBL and/or circular economy; 

  • Methods, strategies, and tools for sustainable TBL (e.g., business modeling, circular supply chains, and product design); 

  • Supply chain, operations, and sustainability; 

  • Integration of data-driven intelligent technologies into the TBL framework; 

  • Metrics, indicators and assessment approaches for sustainable management; 

  • Technologies revolution in management & economics discipline; 

  • Artificial intelligence and sustainability approach in business strategies; 

  • Emerging topics in digital technologies and sustainability from the perspective of management, economics, and business strategies. 

Submission Information 

  • Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

  • Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal. 

Key Deadlines 

  • Submission window open date - September 15, 2022 

  • Submission window close date - March 15, 2023 

Guest Editors 

Professor Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
School of Management and Engineering at Xuzhou University of Technology (China)
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Assistant Professor Ripon K. Chakrabortty
School of Engineering & Information Technology at UNSW Canberra (Australia)
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Professor Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour
Emlyon Business School (France) and Lincoln International Business School (UK)
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Professor Vipin Gupta
The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino (USA)
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