Business Strategy and Development Special Issue on Sustainability

Business strategy and development
Special issue on sustainability

The role of SDGs for progressing sustainability

Call for manuscripts
The journal is presently planning a special issue on the relation between economy and a sustainable development.

The idea of a sustainable development stresses the creation of resilient ecological, social and economic systems by respecting the natural and given limits of ecological viability and capacity (Arnold, 2017). Sustainable development aims at societies where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the "universal, integrated and transformative" 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals have to be implemented and achieved in every country in the period from the 2016 to 2030. This constitutes a major challenge to the global and national economy as well as business enterprises. Following sustainable principles has often been regarded as an obstacle to economic profit, but few investigations have been made on the matter. There is also the question of how it might boost the economy. Last but not least, it is an urgent matter to achieve a sustainable economy.
Thus, the critical question as to whether and how companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns remains largely unsolved. How do companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns? Looking particularly at companies there is a great variation from strategic planning and processes integrating sustainability challenges and initiating sustainability-related organisational learning (Arnold, 2015). The integration of diverse stakeholders as well as taking gender issues more into account can be clues for accomplishing SDGs into strategies, activities, new business models and new inclusive models. However, there are also critical voices concerning the SDGs in terms of an allegedly fractal framework resulting in contradictory goals, neglecting trade-offs widely or retarding the realisation and progress of specific goals.
The special issue should bring new perspectives and excellent research on these questions. In this regard the special issue is seeking for different types of submissions (e.g., original research paper, review article, commentaries) from various scholarly domains. We also encourage manuscripts embedding multiple perspectives or diversified methods.

Addressed major topics and guiding research questions include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Corporate Sustainability
- How are the SDGs directly addressed by SMEs and large companies and embedded in the companies’ strategy?
- Will the SDGs guide to and aim at a new corporate sustainability understanding and management?
- Are there differences between local operating and multinational companies in facing SDGs?
- What kind of trade-offs and rebound effects might occur by objecting to SDGs?
- How can SDGs be linked to national sustainability strategies best?
Sustainability and Innovation
- Are SDGs explicitly integrated into innovation development?
- Are there differences between types of innovations or new design forms in different SDGs?
- What is the impact of the creative industries like design and art?
- What kinds of inclusive or frugal innovations are stimulated by the SDGs?
- What new types of business models are linked to innovation and sustainability?
Sustainability and Gender
- What role does gender play in achieving the goals of the SDGs?
- How could a more active use of gender issues have?
- What role do female stakeholders play in fostering the implementation of SDGs?
Sustainability Theory and Science
- Are the SDGs old wine in new skins?
- What determines a real progress concerning sustainability practice and management by introducing SDGs?
- How can sustainability theory and science be enriched by SDGs?
- Is the establishment of the SDGs a new driver for growth?
- What is the additional benefit of introducing SDGs compared to already existing concepts?

Guidelines for submission and important dates
Authors should refer to the Business Strategy & Development website and the instructions on submitting a paper. For more information click here
The manuscripts should not exceed 6.000 words and be submitted by January 1 2018.
Questions related to expectations, appropriateness of topics, and so forth are highly welcomed and may be directed to the co-editors.

Co-editors and contacts

Professor Dr. Astrid Skjerven, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied Sciences, Department of Product Design. Astrid.Skjerven@hioa.no

Professor Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management, marlen.arnold@wirtschaft.tu-chemnitz.de

Katja Schneider, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management, katja.schneider@wirtschaft.tu-chemnitz.de