Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue titled “Sustainable
Innovative Economy: Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.”

Innovation is key to any country striving to build sustainable growth and
welfare all across the globe (OECD, 2014). Countries are struggling to
invest in diverse sets of technologies and support entrepreneurs who
transform technological knowledge into innovative products and services in
diverse industries (Nambisan et al., 2017). Technological changes such as
the development and diffusion of artificial intelligence are taking place
at an unprecedented speed (Cetindamar and Babak, 2020). In parallel, the
literature is evolving and expanding at a high velocity, keeping with the
ongoing rapid development of new technologies and entrepreneurial skills in
innovation practices across networks (Aarikka-Stenroos et al., 2019;
Cetindamar, Lammers, and Zhang, 2020; Helfat and Raubitschek, 2018). The
sustainable growth of entrepreneurial companies even under the COVID-19
epidemic environment is underlining the critical role of innovation
capabilities in their survival (Ratten, 2021).

The goal of a sustainable, innovative economy necessitates
interdisciplinary research on technology management and entrepreneurship.
Researchers in these two strands of disciplines could build a holistic
understanding of innovation-based economic and social development (Silva
and Wright, 2019). Thus, this Special Issue welcomes theoretical,
empirical, and experimental studies taking the interdisciplinary challenge
of broadening these two key disciplines. The Special Issue accepts a wide
range of research methods and is more than happy to consider submissions
focusing on the following themes (not an exhaustive list):

How do researchers explain innovation challenges from the diffusion of a
wide range of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and
How are entrepreneurship or technology management disciplines affected by
the increasing pace of technological changes?
How can researchers quantitatively model and measure the nuances of
innovation and its contexts, and how does this translate to specific new
managerial tools for companies?
How can researchers develop technology management theories of innovation
further from empirical data on the diversity of contexts?
How can researchers develop entrepreneurship concepts that allow better
communication of innovative practices across industries and digital
What are the individual-level or organizational factors leading to the
development/adoption of technological innovations for a sustainable future?
What kind of open innovation practices might lead to the
development/adoption of sustainability strategies? Which technology
management tools might be needed to carry these practices?
How do technological innovations sustain circular economy initiatives?
To what extent is sustainability performance improved by linking
entrepreneurship and technology management initiatives?
How could digital technologies help the sustainable innovations at
companies? Does the size of companies affect their innovations?


Aarikka-Stenroos, L.; Jaakkola, E.; Harrison, D. and Mäkitalo-Keinonen, T.
How to manage innovation processes in extensive networks: A longitudinal
study. Ind. Mark. Manag. 2017, 67, 88–105.
Autio, E.; Nambisan, S.; Thomas, L.D.W. and Wright, M. Digital affordances,
spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Strateg. Entrep. J. 2018, 12, 72–95.
Cetindamar, D. and Babak, A. Understanding the Role of Employees in Digital
Transformation: Conceptualization of Digital Literacy of Employees as a
Multi-Dimensional Organizational Affordance. J. Enterp. Inf. Manag. 2020,
Cetindamar, D.; Lammers, T.; and Zhang, Y. Exploring the Knowledge
Spillovers of a Technology in an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem—The Case of
Artificial Intelligence in Sydney. Thunderbird Int. Bus. Rev. 2020, 62,
Helfat, C.E. and Raubitschek, R.S. Dynamic and integrative capabilities for
profiting from innovation in digital platform-based ecosystems. Res. Policy
2018, 47, 1391–1399.
Nambisan, S.; Lyytinen, K.; Majchrzak, A. and Song, M. Digital innovation
management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world.
MIS Q. 2017, 41, 223–238.
OECD, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth Oriented Entrepreneurship.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Paris, France. 2014.
Ratten, V. COVID‐19 and entrepreneurship: Future research direction. Brief.
Enterp. Financ. 2021, 30, 91–98.
Silva, M. and Wright, M. Entrepreneurial co-creation: societal impact
through open innovation. R&D Manag. 2019, 49, 318–342.
Dr. Dilek Cetindamar
Guest Editor

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