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 robots?
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 platforms?
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, 454–74.
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

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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