Sustainable transitions in resource management – from efficiency to sufficiency



The aim of the special issue focuses on resource management that goes beyond resource efficiency to resource sufficiency. It brings the attention towards sustainable business highlighting the responsible production and consumption, which is key in achieving sustainable development. We propose to invite papers from researchers and practitioners working in sustainability transitions in businesses as a way to limit and reduce total resource consumption in different sectors such as – energy, water, land, and other vital resources.

With every passing day, all the systems of the world, both at macro and micro levels, are becoming more and more resource efficient. However, many of the production and consumption trends are showing unsustainability risks. Therefore, there has been an increasing realization that alongside efficiency, resource sufficiency should be focused in realizing a sustainable world. This special issue would serve as an important contribution towards this niche area at all levels – household, enterprise, and society.

Our strive towards resource efficiency has not led to less resource consumption per capita on account of at least two reasons. First is the 'rebound effect', i.e., efficient supply tends to higher consumption as resource input cost per unit output becomes cheaper, for instance, we install more LED lighting fixtures, prefer efficient TVs/monitors of bigger size, or tend to drive more when we have a fuel efficient car. The second reason is our constant drift towards 'positional goods' - the goods that we desire as status symbols leading to conspicuous consumption, or the goods that derive its value from its relative abundance like arms and ammunition. Notion of sufficiency advocates responsible consumption behaviour and incentivises the society to refrain from over consumption that furthers inequality and environmental deterioration. Though the idea of sufficiency is not new, its applications are too few and far, which justifies the need for this special issue.


List of topic areas 


  • Eco-efficiency and eco-sufficiency
  • Transition management in organizations
  • Sustainable human resource management
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Sustainable energy
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Financing the transition
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Sustainable operations
  • Responsible business


Guest Editors 

Dr Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan,
Institute of Rural Management Anand, India, 
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Prof. Binilkumar Amarayil Sreeraman,
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India, 
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Dr Lakshmikant Hari, 
K J Somaiya Institute of Management, India, 
[email protected] 

Dr Shrabani B Bhattacharjee, 
Jagdish Sheth School of Management, India, 
[email protected]


Submissions Information

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Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see: 

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


Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 2 January 2023 
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 15 May 2023