Special Issue "Sustainability in Global Value Chain"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Chin-Chun (Vincent) Hsu

Department of Marketing and International Business, Lee Business School, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-6009, USA
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Interests: internationalization strategy of multinational enterprises; international entrepreneurship; global supply chain management; methodological issues

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental and social sustainability issues are among the most pressing concerns for modern humanity, governments, and multinational enterprises (MNEs). Environmentally and socially conscious business practices have been acknowledged as key factors that promote MNEs’ economic sustainability. Sustainable global value chain management is evolving into an important approach for MNEs to manage their environmental and social responsibility. Yet, despite their importance for easing environmental and social degradation, and for providing economic benefits, the study of sustainability in the global value chain is still an under-researched area.

This special issue focuses on the sustainable concerns of the global value chain. Global value chain optimization demands comprehensive interactions among partners in the value chain. The special issue strongly encourages submissions from all fields of social science. Inter-disciplinary collaborations are welcome. The special issue solicits both conceptual and empirical contributions related to practice that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• MNEs have come to realize that a large and increasing amount of environmental and social risks exist in their firm’s global supply chains. How do MNEs identify the risks?

• The poor environmental and social standards of small suppliers often negatively affect the performance and image of large MNEs in the same global value chain. How do MNEs prevent the damages?

• Community stakeholders rarely distinguish between a reputable MNE and its supplier’s inferior environmental or social practices. How do MNEs be responsible to their diverse stakeholders, with individually particular interests?

• How do MNEs responsibly incorporate environmental and social concerns into their global value chain, especially with supplying companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Beyond the above themes and ideas, this special issue leaves the list of themes and topics open, so as to not limit the thinking to existing frameworks and approaches; the special issue supports approaches that might face challenges in more traditional outlets. Shorter pieces are also welcome.

Dr. Chin-Chun (Vincent) Hsu
Guest Editor

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  • environmental sustainability
  • social sustainability
  • global value chain
  • multinational enterprises

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Open AccessArticle Positioning in the Global Value Chain as a Sustainable Strategy: A Case Study in a Mature Industry
Adm. Sci. 2014, 4(2), 155-172; doi:10.3390/admsci4020155
Received: 4 November 2013 / Revised: 5 May 2014 / Accepted: 22 May 2014 / Published: 19 June 2014
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As a result of the development of new industrialized countries, such as Brazil, China and other Southern Asian economies, as well as a globalized economy, traditional competitive paradigms based on advantages associated with costs and quality efficiencies or even innovation are no longer
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As a result of the development of new industrialized countries, such as Brazil, China and other Southern Asian economies, as well as a globalized economy, traditional competitive paradigms based on advantages associated with costs and quality efficiencies or even innovation are no longer sufficient. These previous classical paradigms related competitiveness either to costs or technology innovation and the resources of industry incumbents. However, the combination of adequate knowledge and relationship management with marketing efforts brings forth a reconsideration of the present competitive models that go beyond those analyses from the point of view of global value chains. The objective of this investigation will analyze the governance structure of the territorial value chain in the Spanish and Italian ceramic tile industry, through the understanding of the previous and current roles of several industries involved in the value creation system. By way of both a case study and quantitative methodology approach, we will explore the paradigm change where traditional chain actors are losing their grip on their contribution to the territorial value creation system as new actors appear with a more stable status. The article concludes that proper positioning in the global value chain is a key strategy for the sustainability of the involved firms, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Author: Arelia Werner
Affiliation: Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Title: Characterizing the Water Balance of the Sooke Reservoir, British Columbia, over the Last Century
Abstract:"Infrastructure such as dams and reservoirs are critical water-supply features in several regions of the world. However, ongoing population growth, increased demand, and climate variability/change necessitate the better understanding of these systems particularly, in terms of their contemporary water-balance components and longer-term trends and variability. The Sooke Reservoir (SR) of British Columbia, Canada is one such reservoir that currently supplies water to ~300,000 people, and is subject to considerable inter and intra-seasonal climatic variations. The main objectives of this study are to better understand the characteristics of the SR through an in-depth assessment of the contemporary (1996-2005) water balance components (when the basin was intensively monitored) and an analysis of longer-term (~100 years) hydro-climatic variability as measured by two drought indices, the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) and the Standard Precipitation Evaporation Index (SPEI). Estimates of runoff and evaporation were validated by comparing simulated change in storage (computed by adding inputs and subtracting outputs from the known water levels by month) to observed change in storage. An extremely high evaporation, dry season and extremely low precipitation, wet season were identified in the near-term intensively monitored period. These events were shown to be extreme in magnitude versus other droughts over the long-term record according to the SPEI and used to construct a worst-case drought scenario. A significant trend toward drier conditions was shown by SPEI over 1919 to 2005, while the SPI showed moistening. This suggests rising temperatures have increased drought conditions in the SR despite more precipitation."

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