Special Issue "Sustainability and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Data-Driven Approaches"

A special issue of Data (ISSN 2306-5729). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems and Data Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. João M. Lopes
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NECE—Research Unit in Business Sciences, University of Beira Interior & Miguel Torga Institute of Higher Education, Largo Cruz de Celas No. 1, 3000-132 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: regional innovation systems; RIS3; smart specialization; tourism; strategy; entrepreneurship; marketing; innovation; circular economy; competitiveness
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Dr. Marcio Oliveira
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Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais, Leiria, Portugal; NECE - Research Center in Business Science, University of Beira Interior, Estrada do Sineiro, s / n, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: strategic management; knowledge management; marketing; organizational behavior; governance; human resources management; innovation; entrepreneurship
Dr. Sofia Gomes
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REMIT—Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies, University Portucalense, R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 541, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
Interests: entrepreneurship; corporate finance; financial risk; economics; banking
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Prof. Dr. José Oliveira
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School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: management; strategy; sustainability; entrepreneurship; marketing; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The European Union (EU) has recently reinforced its environmental policies to strengthen the measures in the field of climate change. Thus, for the period 2021-2027 the EU intends to become increasingly greener, with a substantial reduction in carbon emissions. These objectives were approved in the Paris agreement, which was signed by 195 participating countries, distributed geographically across the globe, and came into force on November 4, 2016. Further to these objectives, the agreement also approved goals for energy transition, aiming to combat climate change and promote energy from renewable sources, thus, making nations more sustainable and greener. Countries that signed the agreement are trying their utmost to divert financing from structural funds towards innovation policies based on the challenges associated with sustainability

In this context, entrepreneurial ecosystems became more relevant as they have more impact on the economic policies of a substantial number of nations. Therefore, the concept of business ecosystems offers a new perspective on the geographical grouping of economic activity. Moreover, the regional development strategy policies promoted around the world, are focused on continuous technological evolution, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Consequently, ecosystems are matters that have aroused the interest of researchers.

Being so, it is essential to establish a relationship between business ecosystems and the everyday ecological praxis in societies. This can be achieved through global and regional environmental initiatives, and through the application of good practices in waste management, recycling, reuse, and, ultimately, sustainable development. Regional actors, such as governments, industry, and universities should be able to include these good practices into their objectives, always with close attention to the economic aspect, since being sustainable and economically viable is difficult to manage and reconcile.

To bring new contributions to sustainable economic development, the special issue “Sustainability and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Data-Driven Approaches” aims to receive articles that result from data mining, such as systematic literature reviews and bibliometric analyzes (may accept others) on the subjects under investigations. The data must be collected in large scientific repositories, such as the Web of Science and Scopus (others can be accepted).

Potential topics should include (but are not limited to):

  • New techniques for data mining in sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems;
  • Sustainability promoted by entrepreneurship;
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainable innovations;
  • Public policies and sustainable entrepreneurship;
  • Technologies to support innovation ecosystems;
  • Open-innovation culture in sustainable ecosystems;
  • Open innovation and competitiveness;
  • Modeling and innovation managing in a collaborative environment;
  • Knowledge transfer;
  • Governance mechanisms;
  • Innovation metrics in a collaborative context;
  • Effects of knowledge and/or technology transfer, climate change mitigation and patents on company performance;
  • Strategies for open innovation;
  • Factors impacting entrepreneurial ecosystems;
  • Strategically oriented entrepreneurial to sustainable initiatives;
  • Models of sustainable entrepreneurship;
  • Sustainable academic entrepreneurship;
  • New forms for entrepreneurial investment;
  • Creation and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems;
  • Sustainable innovation and business ecosystems;
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship collaborations and value creation;
  • Entrepreneurship, pricing, and green technologies;
  • Sustainable innovation and business performance;
  • Entrepreneurial sustainability, performance, and technology;
  • Circular economy and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Dr. João M. Lopes
Dr. Marcio Oliveira
Dr. Sofia Gomes
Dr. José Oliveira
Guest Editors

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  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Regional development
  • Triple-Helix
  • Entrepreneurial development
  • Strategies
  • Systematic literature review
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Circular economy

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Sustainability of Urbanization, Non-Agricultural Output and Air Pollution in the World’s Top 20 Polluting Countries
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Data 2021, 6(6), 65; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/data6060065 - 17 Jun 2021
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Rapid urbanization is being increasingly recognized as a significant factor of environmental pollution across the world. However, the significance of sustainable urbanization in controlling both pollution and population remains either limited in scope, in the case of developed countries, or less researched, in [...] Read more.
Rapid urbanization is being increasingly recognized as a significant factor of environmental pollution across the world. However, the significance of sustainable urbanization in controlling both pollution and population remains either limited in scope, in the case of developed countries, or less researched, in the case of developing nations. To fill this gap, the present study employed both theoretical and empirical tools to investigate the significant link between sustainable urbanization, pollution and non-agricultural output. In order to empirically examine the supposed link among the key variables mentioned above, the present study considered a panel of the world’s top 20 polluting countries for the 1991–2018 period, which significantly includes both developed and developing nations. Panel vector error correction model and panel co-integration techniques were employed to derive the possible correlation between the variables through sustainable urbanization. Empirical findings show an absence of equilibrium relations among the three variables in the panel of developed countries. However, the study clearly finds that all the three indicators maintain long-run associations for the panel of developing countries. Furthermore, in the short run, the results determine unambiguously that there are significant causal interplays between any two sets of variables and the remaining one variable for both the panel data of developed and developing countries. On the other hand, short-run interplays among the variables we considered exist for both developed and developing economies. From the perspective of policy formulation, the present study shows that policy makers from both the developed and developing nations should be cautious before encouraging urbanization, at least in the short term. However, the combined effects in the short and long term suggest policy makers should be more careful before encouraging urbanization in developing economies. Full article
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