Special Issue "Open Innovation and Business Model for Economy Sustainability after the COVID-19 Pandemic"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun *
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2. Visting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Interests: open innovation; business model; open innovation economy; social open innovation; Schumpeterian dynamics; complexity; game theory; political economics
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Prof. Dr. Yuri Sadoi
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Faculty of Economics, Meijo University, 1 Chome-501 Shiogamaguchi, Tenpaku Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 468-0073, Japan
Interests: management; economic policy; innovation
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Prof. Dr. Valentina Della Corte
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Department of Economics, Management and Institutions, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: inter-firm collaboration; strategic networks; coopetition; tourism management; dynamic capabilities; value creation and appropriation; value co-creation; industry 4.0; open innovation
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Prof. Dr. JungHyun Yoon
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School of Business, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 38541, Korea
Interests: SMEs performance; innovation; social sciences business, management and accounting energy environmental science decision sciences engineering multidisciplinary
Prof. Dr. Wookjoon Sung
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Graduate School of Public Policy & Information Tech., Seoul National University of Science & Technology, 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 139-743, Korea
Interests: open innovation; digital-based public innovation; government innovation; evidence-based policy; dynamic ecosystem model; technological innovation and regulatory policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to include selected studies that contribute to our understanding of open innovation and business models for the sustainability of the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This Special Issue will cover all special sessions of SOI 2021 including Social Change & Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Transfer & Commercialization, Climate Change and Sustainability, Open Innovation and Business Model in the Biomedical Industry, Organization Open Innovation, etc.

This Special Issue seeks to collect the top theoretical and empirical studies on open innovation economics, policy, engineering, and management, in addition to open business models, open service innovation, and others of the high-quality SOI 2021 papers.

In addition to these 43 papers, which were selected from SOI 2021 special sessions, a total of 60–70 papers will be submitted to this Special Issue

 Time schedule of this Special Issue:

  • Special Issue Open: 10 June 2021

From 10 June 2021, any SOI 2021 authors in addition to the planned papers can submit to this Special Issue after full paper submission to the SOI 2021 platform and paying the registration fee until 10 June 2021.

  • Close: 31 December 2021

All papers should be submitted to this Special Issue by 31 December 2021

Prof. Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun
Prof. Dr. Yuri Sadoi
Prof. Dr. Valentina Della Corte
Prof. Dr. JungHyun Yoon
Prof. Dr. Wookjoon Sung
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • new open innovation for the sustainability of the economy
  • new business model for the sustainability of the economy
  • innovation diversity for the sustainability of the economy
  • new technology transfers to conquer the pandemic
  • tourism sector open innovation
  • financial open innovation and management
  • technological change and future work
  • open innovation in Japan under COVID-19
  • strategic digital transformation for the sustainability of the economy
  • rethinking business digitalization
  • common goods open innovation for the sustainability of the economy
  • new HRM after the pandemic for the sustainability of the economy
  • public sector innovation in the era of digital transformation
  • public policies and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • biomedical industry open innovation after the pandemic
  • AI-based open innovation

Published Papers (6 papers)

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Article
Destination Resilience and Innovation for Advanced Sustainable Tourism Management: A Bibliometric Analysis
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12632; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su132212632 - 16 Nov 2021
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Over the years, literature on the topic of destination resilience has gained increasing attention in different fields (strategic management; sociology; etc.). Therefore, the potentiality of resilience in the tourism field has stimulated the definition and the implementation of strategies, policies, and activities addressed [...] Read more.
Over the years, literature on the topic of destination resilience has gained increasing attention in different fields (strategic management; sociology; etc.). Therefore, the potentiality of resilience in the tourism field has stimulated the definition and the implementation of strategies, policies, and activities addressed to mitigate risks and seize opportunities through open innovation attitudes in times of crisis. This work aims to contribute to the debate on tourist destination resilience by proposing a conceptual framework of destination resilience and open innovation based on a bibliometric analysis. Moreover, this article is intended as a starting point for a wider discussion of factors that contribute to destination resilience and therefore provides the basis to develop a toolkit of matrixes and approaches. Findings reveal that resilience assessment, as well as in terms of performance, remain undiscovered. Moreover, the present research poses some unresolved questions, shaping interesting future research directions. Full article
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Identifying the Policy Direction of National R&D Programs Based on Data Envelopment Analysis and Diversity Index Approach
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12547; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su132212547 - 13 Nov 2021
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The Korean government has been continuously conducting diverse national R&D programs to discover new growth engines. The Republic of Korea is one of the countries with the largest investment in national R&D, but its efficiency was relatively low. In response, this study established [...] Read more.
The Korean government has been continuously conducting diverse national R&D programs to discover new growth engines. The Republic of Korea is one of the countries with the largest investment in national R&D, but its efficiency was relatively low. In response, this study established a framework to identify the characteristics and direction of outstanding R&D programs. In this study, the performance of the R&D programs was identified in the sub-program unit. The efficiency of the national R&D program was analyzed using the data envelopment analysis model through the outputs of the national R&D programs such as papers and patents. However, patent and paper output would take time to be realized. Therefore, this study also calculated the diversity index of R&D programs to identify their potential expected performance. This study applied the suggested framework in the electric vehicle fields, which is one of the core growth engines of South Korea. A list of outstanding programs was identified from the National Institute of Science and Technology Information (NTIS) data. Additionally, this study also discovered the main technology areas and their current issues of outstanding and brand-new R&D programs. These results could contribute to suggesting the policy direction to conduct high-performance national R&D programs. Full article
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Factors Affecting Technology Transfer of Universities in the LINC (Leaders in Industry-University Cooperation) Program of Korea
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10027; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su131810027 - 07 Sep 2021
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The purpose of our study was to propose the measures necessary to promote industry-academic cooperation by investigating and analyzing factors affecting its performance Recently, the Korean government increased the budget available for industry-academic cooperation to help nurture industrial talent and promote industry-academic cooperation. [...] Read more.
The purpose of our study was to propose the measures necessary to promote industry-academic cooperation by investigating and analyzing factors affecting its performance Recently, the Korean government increased the budget available for industry-academic cooperation to help nurture industrial talent and promote industry-academic cooperation. In our study, the results of industry-academic cooperation for 48 universities that carried out the 5-year LINC development project from 2012 to 2016 were analyzed via panel analysis to identify any factors affecting the performance. Our analysis revealed that the organizational capabilities of the university—including the number of dedicated professors, the number of projects assigned, and the financial support—had a significant effect on technical commercialization. In addition, we found that the moderating effect of allied companies on the relationship between the organizational capabilities of universities and their technical commercialization was significant. However, the results of our analysis differed depending on university location. Universities in and around the Capital region benefited from their organizational capabilities and cooperation with allied companies. Based on the results of the analysis, we conclude that it is necessary to consider a variety of factors, including efficient support of the industry-academic cooperation budget and practical application of industry-academic cooperation systems. Full article
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What Types of Government Support on Food SMEs Improve Innovation Performance?
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9461; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13169461 - 23 Aug 2021
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Since small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in economic development, the government implements various supports. Nevertheless, SMEs have difficulties in gaining a competitive advantage in the market owing to lack of capital and capacity. Accordingly, SMEs try to secure a [...] Read more.
Since small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in economic development, the government implements various supports. Nevertheless, SMEs have difficulties in gaining a competitive advantage in the market owing to lack of capital and capacity. Accordingly, SMEs try to secure a competitive advantage through innovation. Government support is necessary for the innovation of SMEs, and it is essential for food SMEs as well. Whether government support for firms can affect firm’s innovation is still a matter of debate. In particular, it is necessary to empirically investigate the relationship between government support and innovation for SMEs in latecomers to the food industry such as Korea. Therefore, this study conducted an empirical study on the factors that determine the innovation performance of food SMEs by government support. This study used a two-stage regression model. The government support does not unilaterally affect innovation performance, but rather, an endogeneity problem occurs through the interaction between them. This study examined the interrelationships between variables for a clear estimate of government support. Before two-stage regression, this study used the ordered logistic regression to determine the instrumental variables. Each instrumental variable was estimated for the seven types of government support that are normally implemented. The result suggests that the government certification support is effective in improving the innovation performance of food SMEs. This study is useful to establish innovation strategies for supporting food SMEs’ innovation in late-coming countries. Full article
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Assessment of the Impact of Social Responsibility on Poverty
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9395; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13169395 - 21 Aug 2021
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Being one of the open social innovations of business entities, social responsibility is taking an important role in our society. It not only contributes to the improvement of the financial indicators of business entities, but also has a significant impact on the economic [...] Read more.
Being one of the open social innovations of business entities, social responsibility is taking an important role in our society. It not only contributes to the improvement of the financial indicators of business entities, but also has a significant impact on the economic development of countries and the creation of well-being of the society members. The business contribution to environmental and social initiatives influences various economic processes and, at the same time, affects the level of poverty in countries. The purpose of this thesis is to review the concept of social responsibility and its content after the analysis of the scientific literature, and to assess the impact of social responsibility on poverty indicators after an empirical study. The assessment was performed by using the methods of analysis of the scientific literature, mathematical–statistical analysis, comparative analysis, correlation analysis, as well as by studying the presented statistical data at the level of the three Baltic States — Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The conducted research manifested a significant impact of the business units operating in the production sector on the employed people who are at the brink of poverty, by categorizing them by sex, age, and education. The research revealed the negative impact of the business social responsibility that is directed towards the environment field on the poverty rates of older age (65+) residents, due to the installation of new equipment and technologies. Additionally, business investments mostly affect people with secondary, and lower than secondary, education. The influence of the actual pollution amount in the production sector, to ensure the financial stability of the society, was observed. The research results are significant not only to the Baltic region, but to other economies that are seeking to reduce the poverty level in the country, by integrating the business social responsibility as well. Full article
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Innovations in the Management of E-Commerce: Analysis of Customer Interactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7986; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13147986 - 16 Jul 2021
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In the days leading to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, open innovations in the form of the deployment of digital marketing tools in the management portfolio were an option; in a time of forced closing of economies, they suddenly became a necessity. [...] Read more.
In the days leading to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, open innovations in the form of the deployment of digital marketing tools in the management portfolio were an option; in a time of forced closing of economies, they suddenly became a necessity. The aim of the comprehensive research, in which the presented study is prepared, is to describe the changes in e-consumer behavior that occurred in the market during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presented study examines the seasonal and regional specifics that characterize the markets of Central and Eastern Europe. In a sample of almost 14,000,000 Facebook users, the user interactions with ten selected representatives of the e-commerce sector were recorded daily during the 2020/2021 Christmas season lasting 49 days. By analyzing the nature and timing of interactions, it was possible to identify the geographical specifics of e-consumer behavior, as well as basic seasonality indicators based on a comparison with the reference period of the first half of 2020. The synthesis of the findings provided a knowledge base for compiling a preliminary version of the model of the COVID-19 pandemic impact on e-consumer behavior. In terms of changes in e-consumer behavior, it can be stated that the step change in e-behavior patterns caused by the pandemic merges with pre-pandemic behavior patterns. In general, it can be stated that the evolutionary process of the transition from offline to online the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be a significant acceleration factor of inevitable changes. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Assessment of the Impact of Coaching on A Company's Performance: A Review of Methods
Authors: Rosa Angelina * and Lace Natalja

Title: Digital Transformation of Companies’ Business Models in Times of Pandemic
Authors: Mariana Tesarova *, Marketa Bednarova, Yuliya Tsap, Iveta Simberova and Ludmila Kasperovica

Title: Agile Management in Product Innovation Process
Authors: Lenka Smolikova *, David Schuller and Iveta Šimberová

Title: Innovations in the Management of E-Commerce: Analysis of Customer Interactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Michal Konečný *, František Pollák and Deniss Sčeulovs

Title: Sustainable Economic Models and Investments in Human Capital
Authors: Elmars Kehris *, Tatjana Tambovceva and Elina Gaile-Sarkane

Title: Challenges of Uncertainty in Strategy Development: Reconsidering the Key Performance Indicators
Authors: Aija Medne *, Inga Lapina and Arturs Zeps

Title: Patents Full-Text and Labour-Saving Technologies: A Natural Language Processing Approach
Authors: Fabio Montobbio *, Jacopo Staccioli, Maria Enrica Virgillito and Marco Vivarelli

Title: Destination Resilience and Open Innovation. A Bibliometrical Analysis
Authors: Valentina Della Corte *, Giovanna Del Gaudio, Fabiana Sepe and Giuliana Nevola

Title: Analysis of eTrading Prospects under Conditions of Coronavirus Pandemic
Authors: Nikita Moiseev *, Alexey Mikhaylov and Jaehyung An

Title: Impact of the Bitcoin Mempool Technology on Crypto Investor Behavior
Authors: Artur Meynkhard

Title: Evaluation of Regional Emergency Governance Capacity Based on REC-SEIR Model: A Case Study of China's Response to COVID-19
Authors: Runhui Lin *, Yalin Li and Ze Ji

Title: Research on the Resilience of Collaborative Governance between Chinese Government and Social Organizations in Public Health Emergencies
Authors: Yunpeng Lu

Title: Research on the Mechanism of Information Technology Applied to Grass Roots Governance—Taking Nanjing Group Renting Technology Governance Model as An Example
Authors: Jing Kou *, Lei Ma, Zheng Liu and Yun Zhao

Title: The Role of Japan for Production Innovation & Development in SMEs in Myanmar
Authors: Yuri Sadoi

Title: Intelligentization and Open Innovation in Automobile Industry Evidence from Chinese Patent Data
Authors: Yakun Ji

Title: Sustainability through Open Data Sharing and Reuse in the Digital Economy
Authors: Ibrahim Niankara

Title: Ensuring Efficiency through Employee Onboarding
Authors: Nadežda Koleda * and Jarmila Straková

Title: Sustainable Construction Activities within the Pandemic of COVID-19
Authors: Svetlana Mjakuškina *, Karolina Daszyńska-Żygadło and Inga LAPIŅA

Title: Justification of Criteria on Their Information
Authors: D. Garanin *, N. Lukashevich, V. Balsky and A. Volovik

Title: Collective Intelligence: The Gap between Open Access Journal, and Non-Open Access Journal
Authors: JinHyo Joseph Yun *, Euiseob Jeong and SangWoo Kim

Title: Does Job Training Investment Widen the Productivity and Innovation Differentials in Firms?
Authors: Jaeseong Kim and Sang Ok Choi *

Title: Creativity, Passion and Open Innovation. Exploring the Michelin Starred Restaurants
Authors: Valentina Della Corte * and Giovanna Del Gaudio

Title: Identifying the Policy Direction of National R&D Projects Based on A Two-stage DEA Approach
Authors: Myoung Jae Choi * and Wooseok Jang

Title: Analysis of the Change Process of Digital Governance in South Korea-From Kim Young-sam Administration to Moon Jae-in Administration
Authors: Choong-Sik Chung

Title: Innovation in the Way You Work in the Public Sector: What are the Achievements of Smart Work in South Korea?
Authors: WookJoon Sung *, Choong-Sik Chung, Changil Kim and Dongwook Kim

Title: Beyond Covid-19: Big Data in Policy Decision Making
Authors: Eunmi Lee

Title: Governing the Tension among Data Privacy, Ethics, and Big Data Industry
Authors: Jonghwan Eun * and Ik-hyun Han

Title: Digital Literacy and Economic Adaptation among North Korean Refugees
Authors: ByeongJo Kim * and Haeran Song

Title: Impact of Big Data Management Capabilities on Sustainable Manufacturing Performance
Authors: Sung Kim * and Kwangsoo Kim

Title: Business Model Transformation in Retail Industry: A Case Study of New Retail Strategy in China
Authors: Haochen Guo * and Junic Kim

Title: The Mass Valuation of Patent (MVP): the Patent Appraisal System for Activation of Technology Financial Market for Open Innovation
Authors: Chan-Ho Lee, Eun-Sik Oh, Jae-Sik Lee, Ji-Hye Choi, Yong-Ju Jang, Min-Seung Kim and Tae-Eung Sung *

Title: The Servitization and Value Network with a Focus on Smart City
Authors: JungHee Han

Title: Servitization for the Sustainability of SMEs: Focused on the Open Innovation of the Characteristics of Offering Products and Services
Authors: Chulok Ahn, Minjeong Oh and Sungyong Choi *

Title: Impacts of the Political Event on Tourism in Jeju Island
Authors: Tae Youn Kim, Eunsong Bae and Daecheol Kim *

Title: The Effect of Industry-Academic Cooperation Program on Sustainability of Universities in Korea
Authors: Seunghoo Jin *, Kangwon Lee, Sangok Choi

Title: Analysis of Factors Affecting Food SMEs' Innovation Performance—Focusing on Government Support
Authors: Harry Jeong, Seunghyun Kim, Kwangsoo Shin * and Eungdo Kim *

Title: Revisiting Korea R&D Paradox: An Exploratory Study in the R&D Project Level
Authors: Hyoung Ryul Ma and Dong Hoon Oh *

Title: Sustainable Cross-Border Ecommerce Platforms Based on Block Chain-Open Data Sharing
Authors: Heongu Lee * and Changhak Yeon

Title: Phenological Change of Ecological Communities Based on Global Warming
Authors: Minkyung Kim and SangDon Lee *

Title: Estimated the Gap between Expected Technological Valuation and Technology Transfer Pricing: R-NPV Valuation Approach
Authors: Myoung Jae Choi *, Hun Park and Jongtaik Lee

Title: Online Education between Japan and Myanmar: The Development of Myanmar High Technological Engineers for the Job Market in Japan
Authors: Yuri Sadoi

Title: The Effect of Management Efficiency of Social Enterprise: Corporate Social & Economic Outcome-related Performance
Authors: Han Jun Cho, Dea Soo Choi, Joo Y. Park and Chang Soo Sung *

Title: Impact of the Use of Emerging Technologies on Organizational Knowledge Creation Capability by Task Complexity
Authors: Eundgo Kim

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