Special Issue "Inclusive and Innovative Businesses and Sustainability: New Trends in Challenging Times and the Path to Performance and Excellence"

A special issue of Businesses (ISSN 2673-7116).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Cristina Raluca Gh. Popescu
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1. Department of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, 030018 Bucharest, Romania
2. Department of Economics and Economic Policy, Economy I Doctoral School, Faculty of Theoretical and Applied Economics, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010374 Bucharest, Romania
3. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, 200396 Craiova, Dolj, Romania
4. Department of Natural and Technological Hazards, The National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (I.N.C.D.P.M.), 060031 Bucharest, Romania
5. The National Institute for Research and Development Comoti Turbomotors, 061126 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: economics; management; finance; environment protection; business environment; corporate governance; auditing; accounting; business counseling; financial analysis; control and evaluation; sustainability; sustainable development; business process management; quality management; commercial management; sales force management; human resources management
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the broad topic of “Inclusive and Innovative Businesses and Sustainability: New Trends in Challenging Times and the Path to Performance and Excellence” and includes novel research on the emerging challenges that are currently occurring, especially as a result of the pandemic context, in terms of inclusive and innovative businesses and sustainability, with a particular accent on new trends in challenging times and the path to performance and excellence. Theoretical and empirical articles on this topic are welcome.

Contributions focusing on, but not limited to, the implications of inclusive and innovative businesses, sustainability and sustainable economic development and growth, new trends in challenging times (today’s pandemic context) and the path to performance and excellence, entrepreneurship, small- and medium-sized enterprises, successful business process management, and quality management are encouraged.

We are interested in conceptual, theoretical, methodological, empirical, and systematic review studies.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Raluca Gh. Popescu
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Auditing
  • Accounting
  • Balance sheet data
  • Business counseling
  • Business environment
  • Business excellence
  • Business performance
  • Business process management
  • Business transfer
  • Climate change
  • Circular economy
  • Corporate reporting
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Control and evaluation
  • Corporate governance
  • Economics
  • Emerging markets
  • Human resources management
  • Inclusive businesses
  • Intangible assets
  • Intellectual capital
  • Intellectual property
  • Innovation
  • Finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Green finance
  • Growth potential
  • Quality management
  • Management
  • Pandemic context
  • Risk management
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Staff headcount
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable finance
  • Sustainability risks
  • Tangible assets
  • Technology and innovation management
  • Tourism sector
  • Turnover

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Impact of COVID-19 on Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Restructurings
Businesses 2021, 1(2), 102-114; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/businesses1020008 - 16 Aug 2021
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Most economic downturns have stemmed from inefficiencies in the economic system. This research paper aims at investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—an exogeneous health crisis—on global mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. By gathering statistical data about global transaction volume, value, and type, [...] Read more.
Most economic downturns have stemmed from inefficiencies in the economic system. This research paper aims at investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—an exogeneous health crisis—on global mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. By gathering statistical data about global transaction volume, value, and type, the study aims at getting a pulse of how mergers, acquisitions, and other restructuring activities have been utilized to support corporate objectives amidst these unprecedented times. While the full-fledged impact of COVID-19 cannot be fully captured at the moment (early 2021), the study attempts to illustrate how this change to economic stability caused a Schumpeterian creative destruction of industries. As firms prepare for the growth that will follow this downturn, M&A will enable companies to look into a future infused with technology and structurally different business models. This research paper thus captures the deliberate transformation occurring in the deal world to discuss the possible outlook of the M&A deal market in the post-pandemic world. Full article
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The Role of Human Resource Practices for the Development of Operator 4.0 in Industry 4.0 Organisations: A Literature Review and a Research Agenda
Businesses 2021, 1(1), 18-33; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/businesses1010002 - 19 Apr 2021
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In this study, we summarised the human resources practices for the development of Operator 4.0. Operator 4.0 is the worker operating in an Industry 4.0 organisation. Such organisations introduce novel digital technologies—including Big Data, robotics, and the Internet of Things—along the assembly line. [...] Read more.
In this study, we summarised the human resources practices for the development of Operator 4.0. Operator 4.0 is the worker operating in an Industry 4.0 organisation. Such organisations introduce novel digital technologies—including Big Data, robotics, and the Internet of Things—along the assembly line. Operators 4.0 can manage Industry 4.0 technologies, and Industry 4.0 technologies also support their activities. Some studies illustrate the enabling Industry 4.0 technologies for this role and the various qualitative benefits for Operator 4.0. However, organisations encounter issues to prepare traditional manufacturing workers for this novel role, which implies a drastic change in training and designing jobs, particularly for the qualitative aspects of the work organisation and human-computer interaction. Moreover, traditional manufacturing workers do not possess the proper digital skills to manage complex Industry 4.0 technology. Thus, there is a lack of study that illustrates what organisational practices are used to develop an Operator 4.0. Human resources management is the organisational function devoted to these challenges, such as a lack of a skilled workforce in handling high-tech technologies and employee retention. It provides human resource practices to develop workers for their role. Therefore, we addressed this gap by conducting a systematic literature review to summarise the used human resource practices for the development of an Operator 4.0. The results show six human resource practices for developing an Operator 4.0: staffing, job design, training, performance appraisal system, knowledge management, and compensation. We concluded by proposing a research agenda to advance this research stream. Full article
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