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Futures Imagined: Navigating Entrepreneurship, Digitalization, and Sustainability in Contemporary Business Research

SBUR Special Issue Call for Papers

In conjunction with the Conference of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)in Lüneburg, March 6-8, 2024, we invite submissions for a Special Issue focusing on debates in entrepreneurship, digitalization, and sustainability in varying areas of business research, as well as their interrelationships and intersections.

In the evolving landscape of modern business, the nexus of entrepreneurship, digitalization, and sustainability emerges as a crucial domain, demanding rigorous exploration, nuanced understanding, and impactful advice for business practice. Together, this nexus connects three central pillars of contemporary business transformation, ones that define difficult-to-challenge aims (sustainability) as well as broadly diffused, pervasive, and promising media (digitalization) and mechanisms of change (entrepreneurship) for achieving these aims. This nexus raises important questions such as:

• How does the transition towards a more sustainable society affect the purpose of an organization and vice versa?
• How can achieving sustainability goals be fostered, accelerated, or thwarted by digitalization as a medium and entrepreneurship as a change mechanism?
• How do or should ambitions toward greater sustainability change prevalent understandings of how entrepreneurship and digitalization should be pursued?
• How can we, as business research scholars, organize ourselves to discuss, understand, and advance explanations of these dynamics across boundaries, demarcating different fields of business research?
• How can the business research community inform business practice with rigorous understandings and explanations of these dynamics?

This special issue invites scholars to inquire about these or other questions regarding the interconnections and interplays of the three aforementioned pillars of contemporary business transformation. In line with the conference’s distinctive spirit to foster debates across business disciplines, we seek contributions reflecting important debates and insightful exchanges, deviating from the traditional pathways of traditional research paper submissions. In doing so, this Special Issue wants to position innovative dialogues and unconventional academic discourses front and center. For this, we introduce two types of paper formats: “curated” and “essay”. All contributions should clearly address the outlined questions and should challenge or encourage debates around the role of entrepreneurship, digitalization, and sustainability in contemporary business transformation and/or ways for the business research community to discuss and address them.

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