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

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Syed Khan is a Professor at the School of Management and Engineering at Xuzhou University of Technology (China) holding his CSCP certificate in the USA and postdoc at Tsinghua University. He has been developing editorial activities (in key positions) in several international Journals, attending many conferences, and being invited as a keynote speaker in different countries. He has published more than 110+ scientific research papers in different well-renowned international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, besides three books. During the last three years, Dr Khan has won 5 different national/provincial-level research projects, also achieving scientific innovation awards three times consecutively by the Education Department of Shaanxi Provincial Government, China. In addition, Dr Khan holds memberships in several well-renowned institutions and supply chain bodies/associations with research interests covering sustainability, operations, logistics, supply chain, and business management areas.


Assistant Professor Ripon K. Chakrabortty

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Ripon Chakrabortty (Senior Member, IEEE) is the Program Coordinator for Master of Decision Analytics and Master of Engineering Science Programs, and the team leader of ‘Decision Support & Analytics Research Group’ at UNSW Canberra (Australia) receiving funds from many organizations such as the Department of Defense, Commonwealth Government, Australia. He holds his PhD from the same University in 2017. He has been serving as Associate Editor or reviewer for different international journals and conferences. Dr Chakrabortty has written two book chapters and over 165 technical journal and conference papers. His research interest covers a wide range of topics in Operations Research, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Artificial Intelligence, and Information Systems Management.


Professor Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour

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Charbel Jabbour, 2021 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers, is currently a Professor at Emlyon Business School (France) and Lincoln International Business School (UK) and an investigator of UK fully-funded projects. He holds a Habilitation and PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Dr Jabbour has been serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Sustainable Production & Consumption (Elsevier), and Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development (Inderscience). With more than 15,500 citations in GoogleScholar, he was included in Stanford University's ranking of the 2% most cited scientists globally (2020). He is amongst the Top#10 most prolific researchers in 'green supply chain management worldwide, according to Scopus.


Professor Vipin Gupta

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Vipin Gupta (PhD Wharton School) is a Professor of Management and Co-director of the Center for Global Management at the California State University (USA). Dr Gupta has published dozens of articles (180+) and several edited books on organizational transformation, management, and business models. Besides delivering lectures and keynotes, he has presented at international academic conferences in more than sixty nations. He has been serving as Associate Editor of The Bottom Line (Emerald) and is the co-editor of the seminal GLOBE book on culture and leadership in 62 societies, receiving many prizes including the "Society for Industrial Organization Psychologists Scott M. Myers Award for Applied Research" and the gold medal from the "Post-graduate Program of the Indian Institute of Management", India. His main research areas are strategy, culture, international business, and most areas related to organization and management.