Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Era of Technological Sustainability



There has been a recent shift by governments regarding the focus on sustainability from a public policy perspective. This movement has been driven by the central focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurship and innovation are seen as the driving force behind technological sustainability. Governments across the world – whether from the developed or developing world – are turning to entrepreneurs to solve societal and economic problems. At the recent COP-26, different stakeholders (i.e. charities, NGOs, politicians, policymakers, the private and public sectors) were in agreement that, to tackle the woes of climate change, technological entrepreneurship and innovation are at the centre of bringing about change for the better.


The aims of this proposed special issue are to examine the contemporary debates of entrepreneurship and innovation within a sustainability agenda. The guest editors of this proposed volume would welcome submissions in the following themes:

  1. Historical movements of sustainable development in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  2. Entrepreneurship skills in the technological world.
  3. The interconnecting relationships of public policy in the context of sustainability and technology. 
  4. The technological drive toward entrepreneurship and innovation in the world’s healthcare system. 

These four themes are also cross cutting and impinge on how creativity and technology can interact to understand entrepreneurship across cultures. For tangible examples, we have provided below an overview of the types of technologies that might be appropriate for papers for the special issue.


The scope of the special issue should engage with new technologies and how they inform contemporary debates for academics and policymakers.

Digital Sustainability. Papers in this area could assess inherently more sustainable operations and processes – for example, new manufacturing or materials technologies that leverage alternative inputs to reduce emissions and waste – and win consumer and investor reward as a result. To what extent do digitised operations also improve business resilience?

Technological Products and Sustainability. Papers could evaluate new distribution channels that break economic constraints to expand reach, scale, and access for beneficial societal impact at affordable costs. Papers that focus on Apps that digitise and facilitate access to essential goods and services are one example.

Advanced Digital Technologies and Tools (such as cloud-based data platforms and blockchain-enabled tracking systems). Papers could unlock new capabilities for either quantitative or qualitative research and the measurement and tracking of environmental and social impact across value chains. Researchers, in turn, could engage papers to better improve management and investment decisions and improve their performance against SDG goals. For example, an evaluation of the value of chain transparency solutions that use blockchain technology to guarantee the integrity and safety of products from supply source to producer, to retailer to consumer. These impacts on the sustainability of blockchain systems and their impact on innovation and entrepreneurship would be a valuable exploration.

Guest Editors: 

Jamie P. Halsall University of Huddersfield
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Jason Powell The University of Liverpool 
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Michael Snowden University of Huddersfield
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Roopinder Oberoi University of Delhi 
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Submissions Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see here

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

Closing date: 24th of March 2023